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Surrogacy and Your Parental Rights in Ohio

For those considering surrogacy, securing your parental rights and understanding your obligations is of the utmost importance. I am attorney and counselor Ellen Essig, and I can help define, preserve and protect your parental rights throughout the surrogacy process.

Since 1986, I have been assisting clients with surrogacy and family building needs from my Cincinnati office. As a skilled parental rights and surrogacy attorney in Ohio, I represent parents nationwide and internationally.

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Understanding Your Parental Rights

At my law firm, I provide clients with experienced and committed representation in surrogacy and other collaborative reproduction matters. I am dedicated to protecting the parental rights of my clients, including:

  • Privacy expectations: Hospitals may ask a parent for a copy of the surrogacy contract. I will contact the hospital regarding issues with contracts and court orders to avoid disclosing this personal information whenever possible.
  • Hospital planning: Depending upon the court of origin (probate or juvenile), hospitals may not yet have the birth order establishing parentage. I will help obtain and supply the necessary court order and facilitate communication between the Intended Parents and hospital personnel while your child awaits discharge to ensure that you, as the Intended Parents, are the decision makers for your child.
  • Communications with the doctor: Communications with your surrogate's obstetrician during the pregnancy are private unless you have a written release from your surrogate. I can help you draft a contract with your surrogate that includes this release and complies with HIPAA so you can stay informed throughout the process.
  • Background checks: Before entering an agreement with your surrogate, it is essential that you check her financial, criminal, psychological and legal history. I can help you investigate your surrogate's background so you can make informed decisions about your surrogacy.

Contact a Surrogate Attorney in Cincinnati

Establishing and enforcing your parental rights during surrogacy can prove to be rather complex. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me online or call me at 1-866-427-4859 toll free to learn more. I handle surrogacy matters across the country and around the world from my Cincinnati office.