Because there is NO law in NC regarding Gestational Carrier arrangements, a contract is essential to protect both parties and to provide guidance for a judge in the event of a future legal disagreement.
Jennifer Tharrington, Esq., of Haas & Associates, has prepared a follow up video regarding the Legal Aspects of Gestational Carriers. In this presentation, Ms. Tharrington explains the physical & mental traits Intended Parents should look for when selecting a Gestational Carrier, along with what goes into a Gestational Carrier Agreement, including:
- Parental rights & responsibilities of intended parents and lack of parental rights & responsibilities for Gestational Carrier
- How embryos will be created, how many transferred, how many embryo transfer attempts will be made prior to both parties terminating the contract
- Conduct expectations of Gestational Carrier (medical, dietary, travel etc.)
- Location and conditions of the delivery
- Viewpoints of both parties on abortion/reduction decisions, what happens in the event of divorce or death, medical decision making authority
- Base compensation amount for the carrier (typically between $22,000-$44,000 in NC), and stipend reimbursements for additional pre-birth and/or birth expenses
If you are considering consulting with a reproductive law attorney, call Jennifer Tharrington at (919) 783-9669 for more information.