A growing trend has emerged in which more men are deciding to become single dads via surrogacy. Some of these fathers seek paternity through surrogacy in order to have children that are genetically tied to them, and they are willing to pay more than $100,000 to ensure that they are successful. While the total number of men who have decided to have children through this method is still relatively low, a top for-profit surrogacy agency in Los Angeles reports that the number of single men who use its services has steadily risen. The agency also reported that it handled about 25 such cases in 2012.
Some men decide to become single dads through surrogacy because they feel that they have reached the appropriate age to have children. These men may not have found an acceptable partner, and they do not want to wait any longer for that to happen. Other men decide to go this route after they have participated in the adoption process for some time without getting the results they want. Whatever the reason, these men must usually have a certain degree of affluence to successfully pursue this option. A single baby may cost a man between $125,000 and $150,000, while twins may cost $175,000. About $8,000 to $10,000 goes to the egg donor for compensation and another $25,000 is for the surrogate mother who carries the baby to term.
The single dads must also pay for psychological screening and legal fees to minimize any challenge to their paternity and full custodial rights of the children. California is perceived to be the most receptive state to surrogacy parenthood while some other states have restrictions on the method. This also means that some foreigners use California to have a safe and legal surrogacy.
California family law attorneys help individuals with family law issues. They may be able to help review agreements between individuals and surrogacy agencies.
Source: WRAL, “Via surrogacy, some men opt to become single dads“, David Crary, August 22, 2013