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Florida law specifically governs sperm donation. Florida Statute 742.14 sets out a legal framework regarding sperm donation, however, proper documentation and other best practices such as a mental health evaluation of the parties involved is necessary to ensure that the sperm donation is performed properly. A large part of the litigation in Florida regarding third party…Read More
Marla Neufeld Panelist for University of Miami School of Law’s Child Advocacy & Family Law Society’s Panel on Family Formation
On October 13, 2020, Florida surrogacy attorney, Marla Neufeld, joined on a distinguished panel for the University of Miami School of Law’s Child Advocacy & Family Law Society Panel on Family Formation Panel. The presentation was a great overview of some of the emerging legal issues in Florida that relate to family formation within the…Read More
Important Legal Updates Impacting the LGBTQIA Community in Employment, Family, Immigration and Surrogacy Law
On August 20, 2020, Florida surrogacy attorney, Marla Neufeld, Esq., participated on a webinar at Greenspoon Marder, titled, “Important Legal Updates Impacting the LGBTQIA Community in Employment, Family, Immigration and Surrogacy Law”. Recently, the Supreme Court held that Title VII’s employment extended to gay and transgender employees. And while this has been needed and welcome…Read More
How do I apply for a social security card for my newborn born via surrogacy during COVID-19 closures?
Typically in a surrogacy context, the hospital will not submit paperwork to the Social Security Administration because they do not want to link the surrogate to the baby when the social security number is issued. In non-COVID times, after the baby was born and the birth certificate was issued, the parents could go to a…Read More
Pursuant to Florida law (which stems from a woman’s right to make decisions that relate to her body), ultimately decisions relating to a surrogate’s body, such as having an abortion or not, are the surrogate’s decisions to make. Contractually pursuant to a gestational surrogacy agreement, a surrogate may agree to defer to the intended parents’…Read More
New Florida case regarding same sex sperm donation showing importance of step/second parent adoptions
On June 12, 2020, the 5th District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida issued an opinion in Case Number 5D19-1525, Shealyn McGovern v. Jacqulyn Clark, regarding a dispute between a same sex couple having children together with the use of a sperm donor, and what happened to the parental rights of the couple…Read More