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Attorney Affiliate of LA Assisted Reproduction Firm Wins Groundbreaking Maine Supreme Court Ruling
In a groundbreaking case in Maine, the State Supreme Judicial Court has issued a ruling in a case of maternity identification that lays a legal path for the establishment of legal status for families formed via assisted reproduction or surrogacy.
International Fertility Law Group’s Of Counsel attorney in Maine, Judith Berry, Esq. won a Maine law court case (Nolan vs LaBree) that establishes positive surrogacy law in the state of Maine.
Robert and Celia Nolan had entered into an agreement with a surrogate, Kristen LaBree. The Nolans had appealed a lower court ruling that put their surrogate’s name as mother and the surrogate’s husband’s name as father on Nolan’s child’s birth certificate.
The surrogate agreed with the Nolans as she stated that her surrogate agreement had been fulfilled and the Nolans should be listed as the parents on the child’s birth certificate.
The Court ruled that Celia Nolan is the mother and that the LaBrees are not the parents of the child. This case could lay future groundwork for determining motherhood in future cases. The court ruled that parties can seek a legal judgment of parentage, individuals can be determined to be the parents of a child and therefore the gestational carrier is not a parent. Gender neutral language in the decision assists every family. Prior to this case, there was no Maine law on surrogacy. Now there is a solid legal path for the establishment of legal status in all family building matters.
International Fertility Law Group, Inc., was founded by Will Halm and Rich Vaughn, attorneys who have specialized exclusively in assisted reproduction and family formation law for over a decade. Will and Rich both became parents themselves by means of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy and know firsthand the joy that assisted reproduction can bring to a family. It was from a desire to help other families like yours all over the world that they founded International Fertility Law Group, specializing in providing expert legal services, every step of the way, in the areas of surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, parental establishment, non-traditional family formation, co-parenting and second-parent adoption.