Surrogacy through the use of gestational carriers is growing in popularity as a way to start a family for those who are unable to conceive on their own. The laws regulating surrogacy vary from state to state. Some states do not recognize contracts for surrogacy – these contracts may be void and unenforceable under the laws of a particular state.
Surrogacy laws in the United States are different from state to state. Surrogacy laws are not governed at the federal level. Instead, every state in the USA has their own laws and regulation regarding surrogacy. Those laws dictate a number of things, including the rights of the parents and the financial responsibilities of all parties.
Surrogacy is one way that couples who are unable to have a child on their own to grow their families. It’s common to have questions about the surrogacy process or to wonder what using a surrogate to have a baby will be like.
Choosing To Be A Surrogate
Choosing to be a surrogate is one of the most generous acts a woman can do. When it’s over, you’ll have the reward and fulfillment that only comes from helping someone else to have the child they’ve been dreaming of. The process is not always easy and you’ll need the support of your family and friends throughout the process. For many, telling those same individuals that will ultimately support you throughout your pregnancy is the scariest part.
There are two main types of surrogacy:
- Gestational Surrogacy
- Traditional Surrogacy
During gestational surrogacy, the surrogate carries a baby that is not genetically related to her. In New Jersey, only gestational surrogacy contracts are recognized and enforceable.