Thailand Surrogacy and IVF
Surrogacy births provide an alternative method for having children. A couple may choose a surrogate to give birth to their child for a number of reasons. Although medical technology has made great advances in the field of IVF pregnancies and surrogate births, the development of the law in these areas has unfortunately lagged behind. The practice of surrogacy can pose complicated legal issues, particularly when the surrogate mother is in a country other than where the intending parents hold citizenship.
Surrogacy in Thailand
Thailand currently has no laws or published case decisions directly relating to the practice of surrogacy. There are agencies and health clinics that openly engage in locating surrogate mothers and egg donors. Nevertheless, IVF implantation, egg donation and surrogacy are relatively new areas of medicine and Thailand’s Medical Council has taken a cautious and conservative approach. These practices are still in the legal and medical “grey area”.
Surrogacy Process in Thailand
In general, most clients are concerned with the following issues: a) how to protect their relationship with their child in the event that the surrogate mother chooses to renege on the agreement and claim legal rights to the child and; b) how to obtain legal rights as parents of the newborn and; c) how to obtain a visa and citizenship for the child, if the parents are from a country different than that of the surrogate.
Surrogacy Lawyer Thailand
The legal issues and solutions to any surrogacy, IVF and egg donation case need to be considered on an individual basis. There are many factors influencing these cases, including the nationality of the parents, the form of surrogacy or egg donation utilized and the hospital(s) involved. Chaninat and Leeds has extensive experience in the area of IVF, egg donation and surrogacy law in Thailand.
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