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Law Offices of Robert T. Terenzio
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WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING
A BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND PASSPORT?
As the child is born in the United States, she or he is automatically a US citizen. Immediately at birth we petition the court to confirm parentage in your name(s) and seal any record which suggests you used a surrogate. An original birth certificate is generated with no mention of the surrogacy. Typically, we can deliver a birth certificate within 5 days of the child’s birth. Heterosexual couples will have both names on the birth certificate. Single parents will, of course, have only their name on the birth certificate. Same sex couples can elect a second parent adoption to place the non-genetic parent on the birth certificate. As you might expect, a second parent adoption will require more time as there are additional legal steps involved.
With some countries, recognition of the child requires a man and a woman be on the birth certificate. For those single men who pursue surrogacy from those countries, we will negotiate with the Surrogate to leave her name on the birth certificate until after recognition is complete.
When we have a good indication of when the birth will take place and if the parent can go to Miami, we will arrange a meeting with the Passport Offices and arrange it so they can walk out with a passport the same day. Some parents will not be in Miami or feel uncomfortable bringing their child into a public space. For those parents we know a number of passport expediting services that can move a passport application through Washington, D.C. in as little as three days total.
We know that all parents want to return to their home as soon as they can. We have some strategies to help shorten the timeline to not only get the birth certificate faster but also obtain a passport in a timely manner.
For all international parents, we will ask who you are working with in your respective country. It is imperative to have a local attorney as obtaining citizenship for your child is important and some countries have very short timelines following birth within which to apply. For international parents who do not have local counsel, we can recommend experienced attorneys who understand how to best obtain citizenship for the baby.
Here are five steps that need to be taken with each surrogacy agreement:
Step 1 - Agreement Drafted
First, the surrogacy agreement will be drafted, proofed and administered by an attorney who has expertise in the area.
Step 2 - Witnessed and Notarized
Second, we will ensure that all signatures will be witnessed and notarized to provide you, the court and all other parties notice that everyone is at the table voluntarily and knowingly.
Step 3 - Independent
Third, we insist that all parties will be represented by independent attorneys to provide the appropriate ethical distance between the parties and secure assurances that everyone understands their respective promises and legal rights.
Step 4 - Birth Process
Fourth, we will meet with the risk manager and or nurse administrator of the obstetric floor to ascertain the hospital’s understanding of the legal side of surrogacy and how they will administer the birth process.
Step 5 - Trustee
Fifth, it is inevitable that the relationship between you and your carrier will wax and wane. It is paramount that financial considerations never enter this relationship. To minimize such confounders we will direct to you a reputable trust company with an independent trustee.
"If we have more law firms like the Law Offices of Robert T. Terenzio, it would help more parents to have their beautiful baby and complete their family dreams. Thanks very much to Robert for helping us complete our family."
Bobby and Charlie
Robert T. Terenzio
Robert T Terenzio has 25 years as principal of a law firm that exclusively addresses assisted reproductive technology law.
Robert is a member of the Florida and Connecticut Bar Associations. He belongs to the Family Law Section of both states as well as the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Robert is a member of the American Bar Association and was the first ART Attorney to serve on its Family Law Council. He is also a member of the ABA's Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee.
Robert is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
Robert Terenzio is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the World Law Association and the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS).
Robert has answered the challenge of the lack of transparency in ART by speaking to physicians, nurses, allied medical personnel, attorneys and the infertile public, in both formal settings and informal meetings, within the United States, and in Europe and South America.
"We are here to support you during your entire surrogacy experience. We are your advocate until you are ready to go home with your baby. We are here to hold your hand or lend you a shoulder to cry on as well as celebrate with you when your dream of a family comes true."
We will craft a legal contract that will fully protect you, your child and your parentage. We devote our practice exclusively to this area of the law and understand its many complexities. So doing, we helped hundreds of couples and individuals worldwide to build their families through assisted reproduction, be it surrogacy or gamete donation. We are experienced in preparing the forms, contracts, and court orders to establish your legal parentage. Ultimately, our goal is to protect you legally, financially and emotionally and permit you the luxury of enjoying the pregnancy.
"Cabinet d'Avocats très professionnel, disponible et à l écoute à chaque étape du process. Grâce à l'accompagnement du cabinet , le parcours de GPA qui est assez complexe devient beaucoup plus Simple. Ma Fille est née le 28 Septembre 2017 Nous avons eu le certificat de Naissance très rapidement ( 1 semaine et demi ) , et notre passeport 2 jours après le rendez vous Sincèrement un grand Merci."
Single Dad from France