LGBT Family Building in Illinois

LGBT Family Building in Illinois

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Infertility expert, Dr. Laurence Jacobs, calculates a master plan that is both safe and effective for patients who are having trouble getting pregnant and want to start a family.

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FAMILY-BUILDING FOR GAY COUPLES WITH FERTILITY CENTERS OF ILLINOIS/LAURENCE A. JACOBS

Families take many forms, and all people have the right to become parents. For more than 30 years, Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., has been meeting the reproductive needs of gay, lesbian, and transgender couples with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational surrogacy. With Dr. Jacobs’ expertise, compassionate care, counseling, and fertility resources for gay couples, you can realize the family you desire.

For same-sex couples, the biological parent can skip the court process and get a pre-birth order by going directly to vital records if all the statutory requirements met. Previously, the non-biological parent had to do a second-parent adoption. However, today that has recently changed and now both intended parents are recorded on the birth certificate.

The Illinois Civil Union Act that becaame effective in June 2011 establishes civil unions. Civil unions are legal relationships between two people who are either different-sex or same-sex. The law provides those in civil unions with all of the legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits granted to legally married couples by Illinois state laws. For LGBT couples who have a child after they have entered into an Illinois Civil Union, both partners are recognized as legal parents of that child in the State of Illinois. However, this does not hold true for many other states and the Federal government. Therefore, it is always appropriate to consult with legal counsel before undergoing assisted reproductive technology.

Gestational surrogacy is also permitted by state statute in Illinois. For same-sex couples, the biological parent can skip the court process and get a pre-birth order by going directly to vital records if all the statutory requirements met. The non-biological parent must do a second-parent adoption.

Illinois is also one of the 15 states in the United States having an insurance mandate for infertility insurance coverage. Insurance policies covering more than 25 people and providing pregnancy-related benefits must cover the costs of the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. In 2010, the mandate was clarified to include lesbians with medical conditions affecting their fertility. Now, women do not have to prove that they had unprotected intercourse with a man for a year with no pregnancy success in order to receive coverage.

To learn more about fertility laws in Illinois, it is important to seek legal representation. We can help you find an attorney who will work for your rights.