Adoptions and Fertility Law
Ready to start a family? Are you considering to adopt a child, of have your own child through sperm or egg donation? I can assist in preparing the necessary court forms or contracts for you.
In 2016 Ontario passed the All Families Are Equal Act, which amended the Children's Law Reform Act. The amendments, which came into effect on January 1, 2017, formally recognized sperm donor and egg donor agreements (called "pre-conception parentage agreements") and surrogacy agreements. The new law allows for up to 4 parents (in most cases) to be listed on the birth certificate!
Family Court Services
I can represent you in your family court application for:
Adoptions (e.g step parent adoptions); and
Declarations of parentage.
Legal Drafting Services
I also provide the following legal drafting services for:
Donor agreements (sperm and egg); and
Independent Legal Advice (ILA) for donor agreements and for surrogacy agreements.
Note: At present, I do not draft surrogacy agreements, but I can refer you to excellent fertility lawyers in Ottawa.
Reminder: As you begin to build your family, you should make sure that your Wills are updated, and that you have made provisions for your children in your Wills, specifically, a guardianship clause. Under the Children's Law Reform Act, a guardian appointed in a Will is valid for 90 days, during which time it is very important for the guardian of your children to file a custody application with the Court.