District of Columbia
Gestational surrogacy: Surrogacy contracts are void under D.C. Code Ann. § 16-402(a), which also makes it criminal to enter into or to assist in forming a surrogate parenting contract. Surrogacy contracts are not written under DC law.
Is pre-birth order possible if doing GS? No.
Who can get a parentage order if doing GS? No one. However, because surrogacy itself is not illegal, courts will grant second-parent adoptions if the birth and underlying surrogacy occurred in another state.
Traditional surrogacy: Prohibited by same statute.
State contact: Diane S. Hinson, email@example.com (240) 235-6006
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