In vitro fertilization (IVF), modern medical technology allows for the fertilization of an egg with sperm. These embryos then get frozen and stored until the couple feels ready to try implantation, in which the embryo gets reintroduced into the uterus.
Hormone treatment along with IVF helps couples struggling with fertility to conceive children. However, it is important to keep your legal rights and responsibilities in mind throughout this process.
Huff Post takes a close look at IVF and divorce. Unfortunately, fertility issues can put an enormous strain on relationships. It is an incredibly difficult and painful time for prospective parents, with many negative emotions like guilt, anger and sorrow taking center stage. Many individuals struggling through fertility treatments will suffer from anxiety or depression. On top of that, these treatments pose a potentially costly problem to your house finances.
With all of these struggles, infertility may lead to divorce for some couples. Even if this incident does not lead to divorce, it can cause a deterioration of your marriage that you cannot repair, which will eventually lead to the relationship’s collapse. For that reason, you will want to establish a marital agreement regarding the frozen embryos.
In a pending divorce, frozen embryos make for a contentious issue. For example, one person may want to call off the process due to the looming divorce, while the other wishes to continue. In a marital agreement, you can decide what to do with the embryos. Some choose to donate them to other couples trying to start families, while others opt to have the embryos destroyed. Your choice depends on your unique situation and circumstances.