You may have a lot of questions about surrogacy in the State of Michigan. You should see to it that you first learn about it before you even start the process. You need to make sure that you have all things set up properly.
With that, let us share with you some of the common questions on surrogacy in Michigan and some of the answers as well:
Is Surrogacy Valid in Michigan?
No, surrogacy is not valid in Michigan. Michigan is a very risky state when it comes to a surrogacy arrangement. Keep in mind that the State of Michigan declares all kinds of surrogacy contracts as void and unenforceable,
Of course, the known exception for cases like this is when the surrogacy contract is an altruistic one or a compassionate one. Here, since there is no payment involved, it is not against public policy in the State of Michigan.
What law does Michigan follow in terms of the surrogacy law?
It is the Michigan Surrogate Parenting Act. This specific law establishes the illegality and unenforceability of all surrogacy arrangements, finding that they are contrary to public policy. The Act also establishes criminal penalties for those engaged in surrogacy for compensation or living expenses.
What specific action is prohibited?
It is the surrogacy parent contract that is prohibited in the State of Michigan. By definition, the “Surrogate parentage contract” means a contract, agreement, or arrangement in which a female agrees to conceive a child through natural or artificial insemination, or in which a female agrees to surrogate gestation, and to voluntarily relinquish her parental or custodial rights to the child. It is presumed that a contract, agreement, or arrangement in which a female agrees to conceive a child through natural or artificial insemination by a person other than her husband, or in which a female agrees to surrogate gestation, includes a provision, whether or not express, that the female will relinquish her parental or custodial rights to the child.
Is Surrogacy considered a felony?
Yes, Sections 722.859 Surrogate parentage contract for compensation prohibited; surrogate parentage contract for compensation as misdemeanor or felony; penalty, provides the following:
- A person shall not enter into, induce, arrange, procure, or otherwise assist in the formation of a surrogate parentage contract for compensation.
- A participating party other than an unemancipated minor female or a female diagnosed as being mentally retarded or as having a mental illness or developmental disability who knowingly enters into a surrogate parentage contract for compensation is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.
- A person other than a participating party who induces arranges, procures, or otherwise assists in the formation of a surrogate parentage contract for compensation is guilty of a felony punishable by a fine of not more than $50,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both.
We have a lot more to talk about when it comes to surrogacy. Read on the other articles of the series.
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