Legality of Surrogacy in Connecticut
Connecticut has a specific law on the books allowing for gestational surrogacy contracts. These contracts need to be in writing and list expectations for each participant. If the surrogate is married, her spouse must also sign the contract. A unique feature of Connecticut’s law is that the contract must be signed before two disinterested witnesses. Once the contract is in place, your embryo transfer can be scheduled.
The court order part of the process takes place during the second trimester of pregnancy, when your attorney will prepare a petition to file with the court. The judge will hold a hearing (please plan to attend this hearing) in order to formally approve of the surrogacy agreement and to issue an order of parentage. After your baby is born, the Department of Public Health will create an original birth certificate containing your surrogate’s information. Don’t worry-this original is immediately replaced with a birth certificate containing only your names. The original is stored by the Department solely for statistical purposes and only the replacement birth certificate will be released.