June 01, 2016

Embryo Disposition upon Separation or Divorce

Dan and Diane marry and want to have children. Unfortunately, the couple discovers they have fertility issues. In order to increase their chances of having a child, they go through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The doctors give Diane hormones to retrieve as many eggs as possible and, therefore, create as many embryos as possible. It works, and they have nine viable embryos. Two embryos are transferred to Diane. Unfortunately, she does not get pregnant. Their relationship begins to deteriorate and, before they try another transfer, they split up. Diane files for divorce, and they manage to resolve all of the issues except one: What happens to the seven viable embryos remaining?

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