My lifelong dream of having a child of my own was in sight after I found a surrogate to carry my child. I used my retirement to pay for the IVF and reimburse the surrogate for costs to her. In spite of the assurances of the fertility clinic that I was a terrible candidate and the odds against success were astronomical, it worked. After many health scares during the pregnancy, including possible chromosome issues, then low amniotic fluid causing an emergency inducement of labor, I had a beautiful healthy baby girl. I thought all the nightmares were over. (Except of course the forever ones that all parents have signed up to experience.)
The surrogate changed her mind and filed for custody even though she is completely unrelated to my daughter. In spite of rulings for 5 years that I was her mother, and pleadings of the assigned GAL for best interest consideration, the fifth judge, acting as a fill-in for an injured judge, ruled that the child should immediately be given to the surrogate at 6yrs old. My daughter had never spent even one night away from her family was ordered to be relocated from out of state, and I could have visits as long as I relocated as well. My daughter, an exceptionally happy healthy, well rounded child was been taken from the arms of her mother, family, and friends, and her many activities.
I now have a legal battle to undertake as well as an immediate relocation to manage. I have never been able to ask for help very easily, but now I must. Please.
Anyone who has ever considered using a surrogate, and any organization providing surrogates, should be alarmed by this ruling and should help overturn it immediatly.