Once the couple has chosen to work with the surrogate, and the surrogate has chosen to work with the couple, the process will move into the legal phase. Legal is provided by The Law Offices of Gregory E. Stern
- The attorney will prepare a draft contract reflecting the terms agreed upon by the couple and surrogate at the mediated meeting. This draft will be sent to the couple for their review.
- The attorney will then meet with the couple (in person or by phone) to review the contract, explain the couple's legal rights and duties in a surrogate arrangement, and provide a detailed explanation of the legal process. Once the couple has approved the contract, it will be sent to the surrogate and, if married, her husband, for their review.
- The attorney will then review the contract with the surrogate and her husband. After this meeting, the surrogate will be advised to seek independent legal counsel to verify her understanding of the contract and its terms.
- After the contract has been signed and notarized, the attorney will file a petition in court and set a court date to have the contract approved (provided that one party lives in Texas).
- Once the court has approved the contract, the medical process will begin.
- After the birth of the child, the attorney will obtain a final court order.