On 5-23-16 we met with our attorney’s for the first time. It is so important during the surrogacy process that the surrogate have her own attorney. We were fortunate enough to have two attorneys in one building that were semi-experienced with the surrogacy process. They were able to come together and we all met at one time and hashed everything out.
We live in Nebraska. Nebraska, unfortunately, does not recognize surrogacy contracts. In fact, from what I’ve learned, many surrogates living in surrounding states have written into their contracts to NOT travel to Nebraska during their pregnancy with concern that the baby could potentially be born here.
Nebraska’s law states that the surrogate (me) and the biological father (Court) will be on the birth certificate. The biological mother (Missi) has to wait 6 months AFTER birth to adopt her own child. At that time, I relinquish my rights and Missi adopts. At that time, the birth certificate is changed. Nebraska law is ABSDURD. But, unfortunately, it’s what we have to deal with.
We do have a written contract stating all the important things such as Missi and Court will bear financial responsibility for pregnancy related items and medical costs. I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol. Also in the contract are how many embryos we will transfer and our whether we agreed on selective reduction or not. There is a lot of other boring legal jargon as well. I won’t bore you with that 🙂
Also included in the legal process are wills. We all need wills. Also, Missi will have a Power of Attorney for the baby once it’s born so that she has some authority over medical decisions.
Blah blah blah….boring legal stuff 🙂 We should have our final copy of the contract in about a week!
Missi is thrilled to be waiting on the attorneys.