Ohio Birth Certificates and Surrogacy
Building Families through 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. Married same sex parents will be placed on birth certificate, too.
Traditional surrogacy, however, is another matter. Because the surrogate's egg is used, the surrogate's name will likely 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 or Spouse of Intended Father to pursue a step-parent adoption. Single fathers with a partner do have options but only if they can complete a second-parent adoption. This cannot be done in Ohio.
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.