Above The Law

Government Tells Gay Couple To (Fraudulently) Divorce If They Want To Keep Legal Rights To Their Son This is like an awful exam hypothetical — except a real couple’s parental rights are at stake. https://abovethelaw.com/2017/10/government-tells-gay-couple-to-fraudulently-divorce-if-they-want-to-keep-legal-rights-to-their-son/?rf=1

Above The Law Oct. 2, 2017

Is Surrogacy Adultery? It May Be In At Least One Country. This debate cuts to the core of how we think about surrogacy, and is a familiar discourse throughout the world. https://abovethelaw.com/2017/10/is-surrogacy-adultery-it-may-be-in-at-least-one-country/ #surrogacy #law #seethepositive

August 10th Above the Law Article: Bad Judgement

My newest article at Above the Law is about a case in Wisconsin when a couple with an established family through surrogacy was plunged into a terrible limbo when they had a judge that seemed to have a bias against surrogacy and gay parents. States having fair laws about parentage is a great start, but fair judgements for all is the most important.

Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year!

Trachman Law Center recently received very exciting and humbling news. I am truly honored to have been nominated and to have been given the award for Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by the Denver Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes Trachman Law Center for its work building and protecting families. I am a strong believer that there are fundamental parts of our lives that may not be of our choosing — for example, struggling with infertility is never a choice we make voluntarily. Nor is it a choice with whom we fall in love, or whether we fall in love at all.  But whether we suffer from infertility, never meet that right person, or the right person happens to be the same sex, we should not be denied the right to be a parent. In fact, I believe some of the best parents fall within these categories. …

Keeping Up with Surrogacy Law

Surrogacy law across the United States, as well as across the world, is a continually-shifting maze of anti-surrogacy and pro-surrogacy legal environments. Fortunately, Creative Family Connections recently updated their helpful 50-state map that categorizes and details surrogacy law in each of the 50 states. This is an exceptionally useful resource for anyone trying to get an idea of the legal environment of his or her state or considering another state for a gestational carrier arrangement. Note that it is important to read beyond the simple color guide. A state like Virginia is given a “green” status because it permits surrogacy by statute. However, Virginia’s statutory requirements are onerous and exclusive of many who might be interested in surrogacy. The state’s Assisted Conception Statute requires that intended parents must be a married heterosexual couple, compensation may not exceed medical and ancillary expenses, and the gestational carrier cannot give her consent until …