A surrogate is a woman who carries a child for another couple. Traditional surrogacy is when a surrogate uses her own egg, which is later fertilized with the sperm of a donor, creating a true biological relation between the surrogate and the child. In the case of gestational surrogacy, the surrogate simply carries the embryo to term and has no biological, i.e., genetic, relation to the child as the embryo is formed through egg and sperm donation.
Surrogacy is a complex legal area, and California has the broadest array of family formation law statutes protecting individuals involved in the process.
At the fertility law firm of Shulman Family Law Group, clients expect superior communications, unsurpassed expertise and professionalism in all that we do. Our reputation for thoughtful and farsighted work in the area of surrogacy sets us apart from other firms.
Maya Shulman, managing partner at Shulman Family Law Group, is one of Southern California’s most knowledgeable attorneys dealing with surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technologies. Her goal is to create contracts that are clear, practical and binding between the birth parents, adoptive parents, biological parents, intended parents, traditional surrogates, gestational surrogates, egg donors and sperm donors, and that result in understandings that prevent any future legal controversies.