The adoption conflict in Arkansas remains unsettled, and the fight will continue until progress is won. But there’s another option for lesbian and gay men who want to become parents.
Arkansas surrogacy law is one of the most liberal in the United States. Laws make it possible to work with a surrogate, and have both you and your partner’s names placed on the birth certificate. State law allows unmarried women to undergo artificial insemination and makes no presumptions regarding the legal status of the donor. This law allows for gays and lesbians to use surrogacy to create a family.
According to Arkansas Attorney Gary Sullivan,
“The Arkansas law has two major advantages not found elsewhere. First, the marital status of the surrogate is irrelevant; and no adoption is necessary after the birth of the child to the surrogate parent. The birth certificate lists the parents as those intended in the surrogacy contract.”
The surrogate mother has no chance to change her mind about the decision and procedures either during the pregnancy or for a time period after the pregnancy – as is the case in adoption.
Many surrogacy clients don’t live in Arkansas, and several surrogates and egg donors do not live there either. Also, you’re not required to live in Arkansas to form your contract and take advantage of Arkansas’ law on surrogacy.
Located in Little Rock, Mr. Sullivan is a general practitioner with an emphasis on domestic relations, particularly surrogacy. He is especially interested in legal aspects involving children and has served in several custody cases. He is a strong advocate for children’s rights and for surrogate parenting.