Surrogacy Laws in Vermont
- Is Vermont a surrogate friendly state: Yes.
- Can Parent(s) obtain a birth order without an adoption: Yes.
- Can birth order be obtained without a genetic connection to Child: Yes.
Summary of Vermont Surrogacy Law
Summary of Surrogacy Law: In 2018, Vermont enacted the Vermont Parentage Act (Title 15C , chapter 8), which is based on the Uniform Parentage Act of 2017. If the gestational carrier agreement complies with the statutory requirements for a valid gestational surrogacy agreement, then the intended parent or parents are, by operation of law, the parents of the child immediately upon birth and the resulting child is considered the legal child of the intended parent or parents immediately upon birth. §803(a)(1)
Vermont does allow for genetic (traditional) surrogacy if the genetic surrogate is a family member of the intended parent(s). Assisted reproduction is required and all of the other statutory elements of a gestational surrogacy agreement must be met for the agreement to be enforceable.
Hearings are generally not required on parentage petitions. All petitions are e-filed and are generally handled expeditiously. If the birth order is obtained pre-birth, then the intended parents’ names are placed on the initial birth certificate. Post-birth orders can be obtained if necessary.
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