North Dakota Surrogacy Laws
Under North Dakota statute, “A child born to a gestational carrier is a child of the intended parents for all purposes and is not a child of the gestational carrier and the gestational carrier’s husband, if any,” (N.D. Cent. Code § 14-18-08.).
While North Dakota gestational carrier agreements are permitted, North Dakota does not permit traditional surrogate agreements: “Any agreement in which a woman agrees to become a surrogate or to relinquish that woman’s rights and duties as parent of a child conceived through assisted conception is void,” (N.D. Cent. Code § 14-18-05.).
As a result, gestational surrogacy is practiced throughout North Dakota cities such as Fargo, Bismarck, and Grand Forks.
Laws Concerning Parentage Orders in North Dakota
North Dakota allows for its courts to grant pre-birth parentage orders. Any child born as a result of a North Dakota gestational carrier agreement is the legal child of the intended parents (N.D. Cent. Code § 14-18-08.).
Egg and Sperm Donor Law in North Dakota
Under North Dakota statute, “A donor is not a parent of a child conceived by means of assisted reproduction (N.D. Cent. Code § 14-20-60.). This statute is gender-neutral and applies to North Dakota sperm, egg, and embryo donors alike.
North Dakota Stepparent and Second-Parent Adoption Law
Statutory law allows for a North Dakota stepparent to adopt their spouse’s child (N.D. Cent. Code § 14-15-03.). The statute does not require that the stepparent and biological parent be married. Unlike in a traditional adoption, courts may waive the investigation and report requirements for North Dakota stepparent adoptions (N.D. Cent. Code § 14-15-11).
Fertility Clinics in North Dakota
- Sanford Reproductive Medicine, 701-234-2700
- Northern Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology, 701-738-2004
- Dakota Hope Clinic, 701-852-4673
- Mid Dakota Clinic Center for Women, 701-530-6000
Contact Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc.
When you sit down to look at North Dakota’s surrogacy laws, you may feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. can reduce your stress and make your dreams of a child a reality. To find out how, call us at 412-884-2229 or reach us through the contact buttons at the top of this page.