In Utah, gestational surrogacy is permitted. Utah Code Ann. § 78B-15-801 (2008) permits gestational surrogacy for married intended parents. Intended parents file with a court to have their gestational surrogacy agreement validated pre-birth. This validation process is what makes the gestational surrogacy agreement valid under Utah law. Then, after the surrogate gives birth, the court will order Vital Records to issue a birth certificate with the intended parents’ names.
Although Traditional (genetic) surrogacy may be permitted in Utah because no statute or published case law prohibits it, Utah Code Ann. § 78B-15-801 (2008) only establishes the legal process for the validation and establishment of parental rights resulting from gestational surrogacy agreements.