There can be many legal complications when it comes to surrogacy but, fortunately, how to get a parentage order (also known as a pre-birth order) in Arizona and secure your parental rights to your child born via surrogacy can be a fairly simple process — with the right legal representation.

MyersStrickland is experienced in pre-birth orders and post-birth orders and obtaining proof of parentage if your child has been created through assisted reproductive technology. Because we stay up-to-date on the most recent laws regarding parentage orders (pre-birth orders) in surrogacy, we know how to efficiently protect your parental rights in the way that works best for your situation.

To discuss how to get a parentage order (pre-birth order) in Arizona with our law firm, you can call us any time at 520-327-6041. In the meantime, we’ve answered some of the questions you may have about pre-birth orders and parentage orders in Arizona.

1. What is the definition of “parentage?”

When talking about pre-birth and parentage orders, it’s important to know how the state will define “parentage.” Generally speaking, “parentage” means “the identity and origin of one’s parents.” But, with the advent of assisted reproductive technology, determining parentage in surrogacy is not as simple as it is for a child conceived naturally.

2. What is a parentage order or pre-birth order?

A parentage order (also known as a pre-birth order) allows intended parents to prove the child born via surrogacy is biologically and legally theirs. However, the term “pre-birth” can be misleading in Arizona, as whether or not these orders can be issued before the child is born will depend upon which county you live in and the judge assigned to your case.

3. When can I obtain a pre-birth order?

As mentioned above, the timeline for parentage orders or pre-birth orders in Arizona will vary by county. You’ll need to consult with us to determine whether or not your parentage order can be issued before your child is born.

However, just because a parentage order may not be issued before a baby is born doesn’t mean you have to wait to start the process. We can help you collect all the documents you need during the last months of the pregnancy and have the parentage order ready to file as soon as your child is born, if necessary.

4. What if we used donated gametes to complete our pregnancy?

Whether you used donated egg or sperm because of infertility issues, because you’re a member of a same-sex couple or because you’re single, you can also benefit from a parentage order.

Because Arizona laws regarding this kind of parentage have not kept up with modern technology, it’s important that you work with a lawyer to complete these orders. Protecting your parental rights is a top priority, and MyersStrickland has extensive experience in completing parentage orders involving donated gametes. Your questions regarding parentage orders need to be answered based on your specific circumstances, so contact us today for a consultation.

Please note: The information in this article is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice. Please contact MyersStrickland for personalized legal guidance.