In the United States, 3.4 of every 1,000 people divorce each year, according to October 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You certainly don’t imagine, on the happiest day of your life, that the man messily feeding you the first piece of wedding cake could turn into a bitter, vengeful enemy in the courtroom. But, if your happy ending looks unlikely, naivete about the divorce process — such as thinking you’ll save money and time by sharing a lawyer — can bring high costs, both emotional and financial.
Through surrogacy, a woman carries a baby for an infertile or same-sex couple. Typically, an agency matches the parents-to-be and a perspective surrogate, who must agree on terms that might include payment to cover medical or living expenses during the pregnancy. Conception occurs via insemination, and the surrogate gives the newborn to the couple after delivery. In some states, the surrogate signs away her parental rights before the birth.