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Family law and the myths about adoption, surrogacy and IVF

The scope of parenting in Texas and elsewhere has changed significantly. Any person who wants a child can have one, regardless of whether he or she is single, in a same-sex relationship, has fertility problems or more. They even have a choice of routes to take to achieve parenthood. However, myths exist about every available option, and before choosing a method, it might be worth some research -- including the family law issues that may arise.

A perpetuated myth related to in vitro fertilization (IVF) considers this method to have a higher success rate as long as high-quality embryos are used -- regardless of the woman's age. Authorities in the field say the success rate is similar to that of natural conception, and that includes the same age-related risks as normal pregnancies. Not all IVF procedures result in pregnancies.

When it comes to surrogacy, the myths are mostly concerning the surrogate mother's biological link to the child. Only in cases in which the surrogate's egg is fertilized with the donor's sperm will she have genetic links to the baby. If the sperm and eggs are donated, prepared by experts in a laboratory and then implanted in the surrogate's womb, she will have no genetic connection to the child at all.

Then there are the preconceived ideas people have about adoption. It is not true that any adoption takes years to complete. If proper procedures are followed through proper channels, a couple can complete an adoption within a year. Every one of these alternate methods of starting a family has its own legal intricacies that could cause hurdles along the way. Fortunately, there are family law attorneys in Texas who can provide the necessary support and guidance to achieve the desired results through non-traditional methods.

Source: parentherald.com, "IVF, Surrogacy And Adoption: Debunking Common Misconceptions In The Alternative Ways Of Having Children", Amanda Moore, April 24, 2017

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