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Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 5 (Spring 2016) Parentage Rights for Same-Sex Couples by Diane S. Hinson

Since the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex couples’ right to build their families through gestational surrogacy is now available for the first time in more than 60 percent of all U.S. states. But will another Supreme Court decision be needed to make surrogacy available nationwide to all same-sex parents?

Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 5 (Spring 2016)

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State-by-State Surrogacy Law Across the U.S. by Diane S. Hinson

In this article, Diane discusses the issue of family-building inequality across the nation. Despite the progress made in the battle for same-sex marriage throughout the U.S., the processes to establish parentage for same-sex and heterosexual couples are remarkably different.

Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Winter 2015)

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Surrogacy Across America: Both the Law and the Practice by Diane S. Hinson and Maureen McBrien

In this article, Diane and co-author Maureen McBrien analyze surrogacy laws across America, not just as they are written in state statutes and in case decisions, but as they exist in practice in every state plus DC. This, it turns out, can be quite different. The result is that the states divide into 8 different categories. Each state is assessed as to the ability of intended parents to obtain a pre-birth order, what kinds of parents can get a PBO, whether a hearing is required, whether there ar.

Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Fall 2011)

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State-by-State Surrogacy Law: Actual Practices by Diane S. Hinson

Creative Family Connections has put together what the ABA is calling the “first ever” compilation of surrogacy law as it is practiced in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, not just as it is written in statutes or published case law, but as it is actually practiced day-to-day. The article published in the ABA’s Family Advocate contains examples from 8 different categories of states.

Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Fall 2011)

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Surrogacy in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area (DC, MD and VA) by Diane S. Hinson and Linda C. ReVeal

Every day, people who live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area drive through the adjacent jurisdictions of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virigina without giving much notice as they pass from one jurisdiction into another. Surrogates, however, do not have that luxury. In fact, they are required to take notice.

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Gestational Surrogacy in Maryland – Alive and Well after Roberto d.B By Diane S. Hinson, Esq. and Linda C. ReVeal, Esq.

In 2007, the highest court in MD ruled on surrogacy for the first time. Shortly thereafter, CFC’s Diane Hinson and Linda ReVeal wrote an article analyzing the status of the law of surrogacy in Maryland after the court’s ruling for the MD Bar’s Section of Family & Juvenile Law. The article can also be found on-line at the MSBA website.