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Title 15C : Parentage Proceedings

Chapter 008 : Parentage by Gestational Carrier Agreement

(Cite as: 15C V.S.A. § 804)
  • § 804. Birth and parentage orders

    (a) Before or after the birth of a resulting child, a party to a gestational carrier agreement may commence a proceeding in the Probate Division of the Superior Court to obtain an order and judgment of parentage doing any of the following:

    (1) Declaring that the intended parent or parents are the parent or parents of the resulting child and ordering that parental rights and responsibilities vest exclusively in the intended parent or parents immediately upon the birth of the child.

    (2) Declaring that the gestational carrier or her spouse, if any, are not the parents of the resulting child.

    (3) Designating the contents of the birth certificate and directing the Department of Health to designate the intended parent or parents as the parent or parents of the child. The Department of Health may charge a reasonable fee for the issuance of a birth certificate.

    (4) Sealing the record from the public to protect the privacy of the child and the parties.

    (5) Providing any relief the court determines necessary and proper.

    (b) Neither the State nor the Department of Health is a necessary party to a proceeding under subsection (a) of this section.

    (c) The Probate Division of the Superior Court shall forward a certified copy of the order issued pursuant to this section to the Department of Health and to the intended parents or their representative.

    (d) The intended parent or parents and any resulting child shall have access to their court records at any time. (Added 2017, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2019, No. 24, § 5.)