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Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law in Massachusetts

Seasoned guidance on sensitive legal issues

518 pages in 1 volume (printed book)
2nd Edition 2018
© 2018 MCLE, Inc.
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A comprehensive guide to the complex and fast-changing areas of adoption and reproductive technology law. Practical, step-by-step treatment of each topic guides practitioners through procedures such as consents to adoption, petitions to dispense with consent of a birth parent, determinations of parentage, petitions for adoption and agreements for gamete donation or surrogacy.

Recent updates:

  • Update: July 2018

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for updating your library with the 2018 edition of Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law in Massachusetts. Highlights include

    • Supreme Judicial Court cases concluding that
      • the intended parents in a gestational carrier arrangement could obtain a prebirth order establishing their parental rights;
      • a nonbiological mother who, with the biological mother, held herself out as the parent of two children born into the relationship could establish herself as a full legal parent under G.L. c. 209C;
      • there is a right to appointed counsel for indigent birth parents in private adoption proceedings initiated by prospective adoptive parents pursuant to G.L. c. 210, § 6;
      • a married woman conceiving a child through in vitro fertilization and her consenting same-sex spouse were the childs only lawful parents, and the sperm donor was not entitled to notice; and
      • children conceived using the preserved sperm of the mothers deceased husband may have inheritance rights;
    • developments in international adoption, including the Child Citizenship Act, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act, and the Accuracy for Adoptees Act;
    • pending legislation that would address developing issues in assisted reproductive technology;
    • application of Supreme Judicial Court and U.S. Supreme Court cases affirming the marriage rights of same-sex couples;
    • adoption of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code and amendments to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct; and
    • updated judicial commentary and court forms.

    We trust you will find this edition of Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law in Massachusetts an invaluable resource for your practice.


    John M. Lawlor, MCLE Publications Attorney

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - The Adoption Process: An Overview of Uncontested Adoption in Massachusetts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 2 - Representing Persons Adopting Within the Child Welfare System (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 3 - Domestic Infant Adoption in Massachusetts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 4 - International Adoption in Massachusetts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 5 - Same-Sex Coparent Adoptions (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 6 - Birth Fathers and Mothers: Establishing Parentage and Dispensing with Rights (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 7 - Adoption Representation and Litigation (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 8 - Understanding the Medical Procedures and Terminology Surrounding Reproductive Technology (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 9 - Parentage Issues and the State of the Law on Gamete Donation and Egg Banks (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 10 - Embryo Law (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 11 - Surrogacy and Gestational Carrier Arrangements in Massachusetts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 12 - Choices and Challenges: The Psychosocial Aspects of the New Reproductive Technologies (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 13 - Inheritance and Estate Planning Issues for Adoptive and Reproductive Technology–Assisted Families (Buy Chapter)


Lisa J. Marino, Esq., Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie, PC, Newton

Judicial Commentator(s)


Daniel H. Berger, Esq., Curran & Berger LLP, Northampton
Kathleen A. DeLisle, Esq., Nichols & Delisle, P.C. , Southborough
Karen K. Greenberg, Esq., Konowitz & Greenberg, Wellesley Hills
Vance W. Hall, Esq., Department of Children and Families, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Arlington
Christine Marie Hanisco, Esq., The Stein Law Firm PLLC, Concord
Joyce Kauffman, Esq., Kauffman Law & Mediation, Roslindale
Leslie Rachael Lightholder, Esq., Nichols, Delisle & Lightholder, PC, Southborough
Elizabeth S. March, Esq., Kauffman Law & Mediation, Newtonville
Scott E. Squillace, Esq., Squillace & Associates, PC, Boston
Kate Weldon LeBlanc, RESOLVE New England, Waltham



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