How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask a Family Lawyer

Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 9283
Experience:  Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
7286322
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
characters left:
3 Family Lawyers are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it. Lee Michigan
< Last | Next >
  • Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it. Lee Michigan
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
  • My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer. Eric Redwood City, CA
  • I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight. Michael Wichita, KS
  • PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent. Three H. Houston, TX
  • Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!! Elaine Atlanta, GA
  • It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem. Tony Apopka, FL
 
 
 

Legal Questions about the Gestational Surrogacy Process

Whether you set it up through an agency or as an independent adoption, or negotiate it privately, using a gestational surrogate is an emotionally intense and legally complex arrangement that involves having another woman carry and deliver your baby for you. Read below some of the most common questions about gestational surrogacy that have been asked to Family Lawyers on JustAnswer.

What is gestational surrogacy?

Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another couple or person. This woman, the surrogate mother, may be the child's genetic mother (called traditional surrogacy), or she may be biologically unrelated to the child (called gestational surrogacy).

How does the gestational surrogacy process work?

The gestational surrogacy process and procedure is similar to in vitro fertilization: after the intended mother's ovaries have been stimulated, the eggs are aspirated, inseminated with sperm from the intended father, incubated and one or more of the resulting embryos are subsequently transferred into the surrogate's uterus. At this point in the process, expectant mothers keep their fingers crossed and hope for impregnation.

What would a woman have to do to become a gestational surrogate?

To become a gestational surrogate, there are usually initial screenings and interviews, medical and psychological testing. The next steps are gestational surrogacy fertility treatments. This is done to make sure that that the gestational carrier responds to the necessary medications involved in the IVF process and to synchronize their cycle with that of the egg donor. The final stage is pregnancy and delivery. Often, travel may also be required depending upon where the surrogate mother lives and where the intended parent lives opposed to where the IVF center or physician is located. If you want to become a surrogate but have legal questions, you can ask Family Lawyers on JustAnswer to answer your surrogacy related questions quickly and affordably.

What is the most common gestational surrogate compensation?

There are no set gestational surrogacy compensation prices. However, gestational carriers and surrogates are customarily compensated on average between $20,000 and $30,000 for their time and effort (the amount is determined to some extent by whether they are a repeat surrogate) with all travel and out-of-pocket expenses covered and provisions made in the legal agreement for any necessary bed rest costs.

How does a gestational surrogacy contract legally protect the surrogate mother?

A surrogacy contract is a legal agreement that details the parties' rights, obligations, intentions and expectations. The agreement will be a road map so to speak, of everything that the process and both parties will go through. It will specifically address parental rights, custody, location of delivery, future contact between the parties, and health insurance. In addition, the agreement will cover who makes medical decisions and how those decisions will be made during a pregnancy, payment of medical bills, liability for medical complications, financial considerations such as the gestational carrier/surrogate's compensation and expenses including lost wages, legal fees, child care, housekeeping, and maternity clothes, coverage for life insurance, the need to provide medical history and personal medical information, continued contact through the process, and intended parents' presence during doctor visits and the delivery. The main thing to remember is that, the agreement is case-specific and should be drafted on a case by case basis, in a way that you will clearly understand all obligations and considerations, and where both parties are in agreement.

Many times surrogate mothers or couples that wish to use a surrogate donor will face adversity and will have to answer many questions from friends and family on why they choose to be a surrogate. There are many reasons one may choose to become a surrogate mother, or why someone would choose to use a surrogate; homosexuality, female infertility, other medical issues which make pregnancy or delivery impossible, or a single person wishing to have their own biological child are just a few reasons. If you are thinking of using a surrogate or becoming a surrogate, you need to make sure you are in a surrogate friendly state because surrogacy is not legal in all states. You would also need to ensure that the surrogacy contract safeguards your best interests. If you are not sure about the laws of the state you reside or need help or second opinion on your surrogacy contract, you can contact Family Lawyers on JustAnswer for helpful insight to your toughest legal questions.

Ask a Family Lawyer

Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 9283
Experience:  Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
7286322
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
characters left:
3 Family Lawyers are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Family Lawyers are online & ready to help you now

Ely
Counselor at Law
Satisfied Customers: 8085
Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
LawTalk
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Satisfied Customers: 6424
27+ years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.
FiveStarLaw
Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 6336
25 years of experience helping people like you.

Recent Gestational Surgery Questions

  • Can the court appoint 2 alternative supervisors for supervised

    Can the court appoint 2 alternative supervisors for supervised visits in California?
  • Hello, my mother is in an Alzheimer's care facility and has

    Hello, my mother is in an Alzheimer's care facility and has dementia. Her husband, my father, passed away January 7 of this year. The Boeing company paid my mother survivorship benefits only until March of this year and then cut her off. I have gone to great lengths to prove my power of attorney and to try to get her benefits of $900 a month paid. Boeing also said they were going to pay my mother a death benefit of $2000. I have made it quite clear to Boeing on many occasions that my mother is going to be evicted from the care facility if they don't pay her. The Boeing payments are the final item needed before my mother can get Medicaid benefits, after I pay all remaining assets to the care facility. I have already received an intent to evict notice from the care facility, but they cannot evict her while medicaid is in the application process, but the medicaid process only allows 45 days before a decision is made and I'm passed that date but the caseworker thinks she can extend it. My questions are can I take legal action to force Boeing to pay up now? Can I file a civil suit against Boeing for damages if my mother is evicted? Is Boeing committing a crime by taking advantage of a disabled person? She is destitute and has nowhere to go.
  • I live in Texas. I had a child that is not my husbands. The

    I live in Texas. I had a child that is not my husbands. The child was given my husbands last name. Does the biological father owe back child support? My daughter is grown now and has disabilities.
< Last | Next >
View More Family Law Questions