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Birth Certificates

Ohio Birth Certificates and Surrogacy

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Approaches Differ in Traditional Surrogacy and Gestational Surrogacy

The names on the original birth certificate of your child will depend upon the type of surrogacy. In gestational surrogacy, the Intended Mother and Intended Father will be named on the birth certificate as parents. Single fathers with a partner do have options but only if they can complete a second-parent adoption. This cannot be done in Ohio but if completed in another state where it is legal, Ohio will recognize the adoption and modify the original birth certificate to add the partner's name.

Traditional surrogacy, however, is another matter. Because the surrogate's egg is used, the surrogate's name will remain on the original birth certificate as mother along with the Intended Father's name. The only way to remove the surrogate's name (if the Intended Father is married) is for the Intended Mother to pursue a step-parent adoption. Traditional surrogacy is not recommended for single fathers without a partner because they are unable to remove the surrogate's name. Single fathers with a partner do have options but only if they can complete a second-parent adoption. This cannot be done in Ohio but if completed in another state where it is legal, Ohio will recognize the adoption and modify the original birth certificate removing the surrogate's name and replacing it with the name of the adopting partner.

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My Cincinnati based law firm handles surrogacy matters in Ohio, across the country and around the globe. Contact me online or call me at 1-866-427-4859 toll-free for more information about obtaining a birth certificate and/or birth order for your baby born to a surrogate.