California’s surrogacy law is robust and protects intended parents’ rights regardless of their gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or genetic connection to their child. In most cases, even if your surrogate delivers outside of California, you can still receive a Judgment of Parentage from a California court. California law provides that its courts have jurisdiction over gestational surrogacy cases not only when the child is born in the state, but also when the embryo transfer is performed in California or when the intended parents reside in California. Most states accept California parentage orders on the basis of Full Faith and Credit under the US Constitution.
Explore our interactive map to help guide you through each state to better determine which states you may prefer to work in. Questions? We are here to help! Feel free to reach out to our office directly as we are happy to further assist you with questions and go over the legal process together.
Disclaimer: Information contained within the map is not legal advice, and is for reference purposes only. Published information is subject to change without notice and accuracy is not guaranteed. Always consult with an experienced reproductive law attorney prior to proceeding with any gestational surrogacy arrangement. Use of the map does not create an attorney-client relationship. You are not our client until you sign an engagement letter with our firm.