When a surrogate is carrying a baby for intended parents, who gets to make decisions about her prenatal care? If a couple uses a known sperm donor to conceive a child, what is his legal relationship to that child? What is the impact on this determination if he spends regular time with the child? And if a couple creates embryos during marriage, but later divorces, who gets to decide what happens to those embryos? Assisted reproduction law poses many complex and interesting legal and psychological questions. Join Deborah Wald in a discussion of some of the issues raised by this rapidly developing area of law.
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Deborah Wald, JD is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and the Academy of California Family Formation Attorneys. She also is an active member of the Assisted Reproduction Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, and she chairs the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Ms. Wald frequently speaks and writes about assisted reproduction law, as well as parentage law and the law as it impacts LGBT families, in many venues. Her law firm – the Wald Law Group – is based in San Francisco, and handles all aspects of family law as well as having a robust assisted reproduction practice.