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How Lesbian Couples Can Build a Family Through Reciprocal IVF

There are multiple options available for lesbian couples who want to start a family. One partner may undergo artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination with donor sperm. The couple may choose to adopt. But the process of reciprocal in vitro… Read More
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Assisted Reproduction: What Happens to Parental Rights?

There are many reasons a couple may choose assisted reproduction to build their family. An intended mother or father may not have viable eggs or sperm of their own and need donated eggs, sperm, or embryo. A couple that needs the help of a surrogate t… Read More
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Understanding the Different Types of Surrogacy

When a woman carries a baby for another person or couple, she is commonly referred to as a surrogate. But often that term is incorrect. There are different ways that a woman may come to carry a pregnancy for someone else, and the terminology used sho… Read More
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How to Become a Surrogate Mother

It’s hard to imagine a greater gift than helping people who want a child to become parents. Being a gestational carrier, often referred to as a surrogate mother, offers the satisfaction of knowing that you were an essential part of creating a famil… Read More
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Surrogacy vs. Adoption: Choosing What's Best for Your Family

When thinking about family formation, you have a number of options, including surrogacy and adoption. Both have their advantages and downsides; which one is right for you depends on your family’s circumstances and needs. Here are some factors to co… Read More
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How a Lawyer Can Guide You Through the Surrogacy Process

Deciding to build your family with the help of a surrogate is a deeply personal decision. As such, it may feel like it can be handled on a personal level. But surrogacy and parenthood involve legal relationships, as well as personal ones. In order to… Read More
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Surrogacy and Birthright Citizenship: What You Need to Know

What is “birthright citizenship,” and how does it affect families formed through surrogacy? There are two ways in which someone might have birthright citizenship in the United States. The first stems from the Fourteenth Amendment to the United St… Read More
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Military Protective Orders: Understanding Your Options

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is present everywhere in American society, often just under the surface. Rich families, poor families, and those in between; families of every race and ethnicity; families in cities, suburbs… Read More
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Should You Act as a Surrogate for a Friend or Family Member?

There are many reasons people may choose to build their family through surrogacy. The intended parents may be same-sex partners, a heterosexual couple struggling with infertility, surrogacy is not permitted in the parents’ native country, or there… Read More
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What Happens to My Unused Embryos?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has allowed many people who otherwise couldn’t conceive to do so, with a little help. Anyone who has ever been through IVF knows that it can be physically draining, time-consuming, and expensive. It’s also an emotiona… Read More
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Since founding Brinkley Law Firm in 2011, attorney Stephanie Brinkley has helped families grow and expand by navigating them through the legal challenges surrounding Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) and Adoption. As an attorney who focuses on f… Read More
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Originally from Los Angeles, Christopher Kays moved to Charleston in 2007 when he reported to The Citadel for his knob year to study psychology. As a cadet, Christopher volunteered at the VA hospital and helped establish Leadership Day, The Citadel… Read More

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