Surrogacy Laws in Tennessee
- Is Tennessee a surrogate friendly state: Yes, Tennessee is a surrogacy-friendly state
- Can Parent(s) obtain a birth order without an adoption: Yes, genetically related parents can obtain a birth order without an adoption. However, if an intended parent is not genetically related, then a stepparent adoption must take place.
- Can birth order be obtained without a genetic connection to Child: No. At least one intended parent must be related to the child.
Summary of Tennessee Surrogacy Law
Tennessee has a statute that specifically recognizes surrogacy. Genetic parents can obtain a pre-birth order of parentage. If intended parents are a couple, and if one of the intended parents is not genetically related, that non-genetic intended parent must go through a stepparent adoption post-birth. It is a simple, summary procedure, and is complete within weeks after the birth of the child. However, the intended parents must be married to accomplish this. There is no mechanism for adoption by an unmarried, non-genetically related intended parent.
If both intended parents are the genetic parents, they do not need to be married.
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