Assisted Reproductive Technology And Family Formation Law

Axilon Attorney Susan Ridgeway is regarded as highly competent in family formation law, and especially arrangements involving assisted reproductive technology. She has drafted agreements and obtained numerous pre-birth and post-birth orders for heterosexual couples, same-sex male and female couples, and single parents who have brought children into their family with assistance of donors or gestational surrogates.  Susan’s clients include gestational surrogates, genetic surrogates, intended parents, donors, and adoptive parents.  She has worked with parties residing in Montana, in other states, and in other countries, including France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Israel, China, and Australia.  Her experience includes the following:

  • Surrogacy Agreements (gestational and traditional)
  • Egg Donation Agreements
  • Sperm Donation Agreements
  • Embryo Donation Agreements
  • Pre-Birth Parentage Orders for Intended Parents
  • Post-Birth Parentage Orders for Intended Parents
  • Birth Certificate Issues
  • Multi-Jurisdictional and International Coordination
  • Expeditiously Obtaining Certifications and Apostilles
  • Protecting legal status of donors and surrogates as nonparents
  • Domesticating foreign orders
  • Registering foreign adoptions
  • Adoptions by same-sex parents
  • Private adoption in compliance with the interstate compact on placement of children (ICPC)
  • Protecting parent-child relationships under the de facto parent statute