In New Jersey, gestational surrogacy is practiced, broadly permitted by New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act (signed into law on May 30, 2018 and effective immediately). This legislation provides for enforceable gestational carrier agreements and pre-birth orders in NJ under certain conditions.
Traditional (genetic) surrogacy is permitted in New Jersey only if it’s uncompensated and no pre-birth agreement to surrender the child. Intended Parents must adopt the child and can’t do so until after delivery. Reimbursements for medical expenses and other “losses” occasioned by the carrier as a result of the pregnancy can be permitted. If the Intended Father is the genetic parent of the child, he may be placed on the birth certificate and acknowledge paternity, with the consent of the carrier and her spouse, if any. The Intended Mother or other Intended Father would then need to adopt the child to terminate the carrier’s parental rights and remove her name from the birth certificate.