Legal disputes arising from the use of assisted reproductive technology
When a third party, such as an egg donor, sperm donor or surrogate is used by a couple or single person in order to have a child, family law related issues can arise. The most common disputes are over the disposition of cryopreserved embryos in divorce as well as rights or financial obligations that third parties may or may not have to any children resulting from the process. On occasion, birth certificate issues arise when a deceased parent is listed on a birth certificate of a posthumously conceived child, or when intended parents (not necessarily genetic parents) request a pre-birth order listing them as the child’s legal parents, or alternatively, attempt to amend a birth certificate to reflect the intent of the parties. The firm does not do the transactional work associated with assisted reproduction, such as contracts between the parties, but represents clients whose cases involve disputes related to assisted reproduction.
Attorney Maureen McBrien is one of the leading authorities in Massachusetts and in the nation on these topics. A link to the third addition of her book on the subject can be found here: https://www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/331570202/.