Florida has long been the destination for people seeking sun and relaxation. What you may not know is that it is one of the best locations to pursue surrogacy (for both surrogates and intended parents). The Sunshine State’s favorable surrogacy law has helped Circle Surrogacy to successfully match surrogates with intended parents since 1995.
Since surrogacy in Florida is so well protected, it’s no wonder it’s become one of the most coveted states for surrogacy arrangements. It’s also one of the few states where the laws have kept up with the scientific advances in assisted reproduction, in cases making it more affordable and less prone to legal conflicts.
Florida’s favorable statute recognizes contracts for gestational and traditional surrogacy arrangements as well as egg and sperm donations. The state’s comprehensive law protects the rights of the surrogate, the intended parents, the baby, and the egg donor (if needed).
Establishing parentage in Florida is a seamless process for everyone involved. Generally, surrogates in Florida won’t ever appear in court as the statute eliminates the need for post-birth legal proceedings, such as post-birth orders and second-parent adoptions. Even in cases where a post-birth action is warranted (i.e. intended parents citizenship needs), the surrogates won’t need to appear in court. In surrogacy arrangements that require the use of an egg donor, the donor’s contract requires the relinquishment of all maternal rights to the child.