On April 12, 2018, a surrogacy bill passed the Senate and House and is now awaiting signing or a veto from our now current governor, Phil Murphy. He has not vetoed as yet so even if he doesn’t sign the bill it will automatically become law provided he does not Veto the Surrogacy Bill. That drop date is this week as its 45 days from the time it passed the Senate and House. Gestational surrogacy has never been illegal in New Jersey. Prior to this pending surrogacy Bill, it could be determined that the contract is unenforceable but there are many States with that issue and this Surrogacy Bill will just make surrogacy more clear in New Jersey. Traditional Surrogacy will still be deemed illegal in New Jersey.
Once this Bill is enacted, upon entering a surrogacy Agreement, the gestational carrier is required to immediately relinquish all parental rights to the child. It will not be necessary for a 3-day relinquishment as the Surrogacy Bill will cover this relinquishment. Since there will be requirements for all parties to be legally represented and to have psychological evaluations and other requirements as well A Woman’s Gift will assist with all aspects every step of the way as necessary if the Parties are in New Jersey. A Woman’s Gift has been a New Jersey surrogacy expert for 18 years and will continue to manage surrogacy in New Jersey with a new frame of reference. With our legal team of experts, we now feel that everyone is more protected and the parentage process will be extremely easy and streamlined. It’s an exciting time for New Jersey and surrogacy for sure!!