- ADOPTION SERVICES
- ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY
By Steve Lash
A myriad of personal, financial and medical contingencies must be covered in the gestational carrier contract between couples or an individual seeking to become parents and a surrogate who plans to the carry the child, said Silver Spring adoption attorney Jennifer Fairfax.
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Maryland adoption law has not changed much over the last 15 years. Even with the revisions to the rules and code in 2007 there were not as many substantive changes as there were organization and clarification changes and forms created. Maryland has one of the longest revocation periods (30 days), no putative father registry, adoption attorneys are not allowed to be compensated for “matching” and until October 1, 2013 a strict prohibition on living expenses.
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Frozen embryos and posthumously conceived children are among the legal issues estate planning attorneys need to consider in the modern age, according to reproductive technology lawyers in the state. Lawyers in the field will discuss legal aspects of reproductive technology during a seminar at the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Friday. The presentation, hosted by the MSBA’s Estates and Trusts Section, will give lawyers...Full Article - PDF Version
Helping your gay or lesbian client reach their goal to be a parent through adoption is a very enriching and rewarding experience. Below are a few tips to guide you in representing gay and lesbian clients.
Know the law. When a gay or lesbian client comes in for a consult, be sure you know the adoption lawsin your state and local jurisdiction. While a state may not specifically allow or preclude a second parent...Full Article - PDF Version
As Bob Dylan wrote, “The Times They Are a-Changin.” And changin’ they are when it comes to open adoption practices. Until recently, the idea of either an open adoption or a post adoption contact agreement ("PACA") was unheard of among practitioners. Previously, the only agreements between adoptive and birth parents regarding on going post adoption contact were non-binding "moral...Full Article - PDF Version
Reprinted with permission from The Bar Association of Frederick County Maryland Newsletter
By Jennifer Fairfax