Practicing in the area of Reproductive Technology Law, Virginia knows that decisions can be overwhelming when it comes to all the exciting new options available in medical advances in assisted reproductive technology parenthood. This includes the representative of intended parents, gestational parents, egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donations as well as designated surrogacy.
Surrogacy has been growing in popularity as a means for couples and single people, known as Intended Parents, to build their families. Gestational surrogacy (in which the woman, the Gestational Carrier, who acts as the surrogate has no biological relationship to the child she is pregnant with) has become the norm, although traditional surrogacy agreements, in which the surrogate is the biological mother of the child, are still seen from time to time.
Surrogacy law, whether by statute or case law, is constantly evolving and changing. The laws are different from state-to-state, and sometimes even from county-to-county. You can find specific information on surrogacy here.
Full Service ART
For those whose ART services are needed in Colorado, Virginia offers several amenities including:
- Our office is 6 blocks from the courthouse and we can walk all of your paperwork over to the court and file in person (no mail to wait on like other attorneys).
- We have social workers that work directly with our office where they can accompany IP’s to Vital Records or go to the hospital and handhold clients at the birth and discharge (this is great for clients who do not speak English or English is their second language).
- Our office is available 24/7 and all around access to Virginia as an attorney. Our office will answer emails, phone calls, and texts in the morning, evening, weekends, etc. as needed.
Emotional and Financial Costs
Virginia is especially sensitive to the emotional and financial costs of the process. She understands that this is an emotional, life-changing experience and she approaches each client with compassion and an understanding that each situation is unique. She will discuss with you in detail the pros and cons of adoption versus donation and surrogacy from a legal and practical standpoint.
The expenses vary, particularly with regard to the medical costs, including whether donor ova are needed, the number of IVF cycles needed for the surrogate to become pregnant, and the amount of medical costs not covered by insurance.
Once you have found a gestational surrogate or an egg, sperm, or embryo donor, Virginia can draft or review the donation or surrogacy agreement you will need to protect your rights and ensure that you can establish parentage of your child. In gestational surrogacy, Virginia can perform the legal work to obtain the pre-birth order of parentage and birth certificate, or the adoption, to establish you as the legal parent of the child.
If you need to be matched with a gestational carrier, please contact our offices. We have several options available.