The pre-birth order (PBO) completely eliminates any legal rights of the surrogate
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 7, 2011
Dorothy K. Phillips and Associates announced today that the Firm has seen tremendous growth in the practice areas of pre-birth orders and surrogacy agreements, especially among same-sex and transgender couples. Phillips, seasoned veteran in these matters, helps many couples to obtain these agreements when couples are utilizing a gestational carrier or surrogate to become parents.
"The pre-birth order (PBO) completely eliminates any legal rights of the surrogate," says Dorothy (Dee) K. Phillips, founder and principle of Dorothy K. Phillips and Associates. PBOs have become incredibly important for couples using a surrogate as it eliminates issues after birth. If the PBO in not attained both of the intended parents names may not be placed on the birth certificate. If this happens and the name of the surrogate is placed on the birth certificate, the intended parents may need to adopt the child.
Surrogacy agreements are used to outline all of the agreed upon details between the surrogate and the intended parents. These agreements cover all legal aspects of the arrangement such as: fees paid by the intended parents, the right of the intended parents to view medical records, if STD testing is sought, and medical evaluations of all parties. The surrogacy agreement helps to make the entire process move along smoothly without any question between parties of what is expected.
"Historically, without Pre-Birth Orders and Surrogacy agreements, there were not many options to protect same-sex and transgender couples who wanted to have a family," says Phillips, "We are thrilled that there is an effective and legal process for so many families around the country to welcome children into their homes."
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Ms. Phillips call 215.568.7757 or visit http://www.mydivorceattorney.com
Dorothy K. Phillips, frequent author and lecturer on family law issues with a focus on reproductive law, has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. She's been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal, Harper's Bazaar, Philadelphia Magazine, and the Legal Intelligencer. Phillips is also a monthly columnist for the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a state publication, writing for the "Domestic Disputes" column. She is recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Philadelphia. Enjoying an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, she is listed in their Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. A former family therapist, Phillips received her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. from New York University and her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law.