The parental establishment confirmation process aims to establish your rights as parents and terminate the rights of your surrogate (and the surrogate’s husband, if she is married). The process generally begins once you are safely into the second trimester. After you formally engage our firm for assistance with parental establishment services, and all documents have been reviewed and signed, we will draft and file pleadings for your case in the appropriate state court, and schedule a court hearing. In some states, we are allowed to file the matter and schedule the hearing before the birth; in others, this occurs immediately after the birth. International Fertility Law Group has experienced reproductive law attorneys available throughout the United States. The judges who review these types of parental establishment cases are familiar with the subject matter and are generally on a first-name basis with our attorneys. Barring any extraordinary circumstances, a judgment is generally issued the same day as the hearing, and certified copies of the ruling confirming your legal rights to your baby are generally available to you shortly thereafter.