Parenthood should be within the reach of all, whether you are a traditionally married couple, single or an unmarried couple. But unmarried couples and singles face additional obstacles that married couples may not encounter.
What Challenges Do Singles and Unmarried Couples Face?
For singles, managing the costs of surrogacy and single parenting can be difficult. The cost of the surrogacy process itself can run as high as $60,000 to $100,000 and more. Meeting these expenses on just one salary can be a challenge. Many singles turn to family and friends to help with costs. There are also financing options worth investigating.
Both singles and unmarried couples may have some difficulty finding agencies and even surrogates who are willing to work with them. Some take a more traditional view and will only work with married couples. Contact a few agencies until you find one you feel comfortable with.
Laws on surrogacy vary greatly from state to state. It’s critical to consult an attorney well versed in the laws pertaining to parenting and surrogacy issues in your state to ensure your rights as a parent are protected. There are myriad issues and no federal consistency, so competent legal counsel is essential. For example, your attorney will know if one or both parents must adopt the child legally for your parental rights to be recognized, especially if you move or travel to another state.
Why Do Singles and Unmarried Couples Choose Surrogacy?
Of course there may be many reasons that surrogacy is the best option. Commonly, both unmarried couples and singles may have difficulty adopting. Adoption may not be possible in some states and internationally for anyone other than traditionally married couples. That makes surrogacy a more viable option for unmarried IPs.
Singles may choose surrogacy because they are ready to start a family, but are not currently in a relationship with someone with whom they could have a child. Single women who are able to carry a pregnancy to term may opt to become pregnant through a sperm donor, but for single men, gestational surrogacy may be the best option.
Unmarried couples have several choices when it comes to surrogacy. Sperm from the intended father can be used to inseminate a gestational surrogate, and eggs from the intended mother may be used if viable. If such a biological connection is not wanted or possible, donor genetic material may be used, either from a trusted friend or an anonymous donor.
To learn more about surrogacy options for single or unmarried intended parents, contact the experts at Surrogate Solutions. Gayle and her staff will be happy to walk you through every step of your surrogacy journey so that you can begin your family.