Many families are created through the use of assisted reproduction, surrogacy or donors (sperm and egg). This includes queer and trans people, single parents, and heterosexual couples requiring fertility assistance. We recognize and appreciate the incredible work and commitment involved when creating a family through fertility assistance and we are here to support you on your journey to parenthood.
Reproduction agreement should be made preconception. To remain valid, no party can withdraw from the agreement before conception occurs. These agreements are especially important when there are multiple people involved in the creation of the child including the intended parent(s), sperm, egg, or embryo donor(s), and/ or surrogates. The role of a spouse of a person involved in the reproduction agreement must also be considered before conception.
Reproduction agreements make the intentions of each party clear on topics such as:
- Who the legal parent(s) and guardians of the child will be
- Where the child live and with whom
- Who will have a role in the child’s life and how will that be structured
- Who will pay for the child’s care and expenses
- What will happen if one of the parties dies or if the intended parents of the child separate or divorce