Same-sex families come together in many ways in North Carolina. One option available to you when you want to grow your family is surrogacy. To ensure that the agreement goes through without any issues, you need to treat this as a legal situation. This means making certain considerations before you start the process.
The Charlotte Observer explains surrogacy is when a woman carries an embryo on your behalf. The state does not have laws that cover surrogacy agreements specifically. It is a contract under contract law. This makes it imperative that your contract covers everything, including potential issues. You should work with a professional who understands the ins and outs of surrogacy as you develop your contract.
You should address the responsibilities of each party in detail to ensure everyone knows their role and what part they will play in the life of the child. It is also a good idea to include something about what you will do with embryos that remain after a successful implantation. Your contract also needs to address putting your names on the birth certificates as the parents.
The contract should address potential issues or questions that may come up during the process. Surrogacy will bring up many things you may not have thought about prior to having someone pregnant with your child. You may start to have concerns about what she eats, how much sleep she gets and whether she should travel or not. Think about everything that could pose a question or a situation that you want to address from the beginning. This information is for education and is not legal advice.