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The presence of frozen embryos can complicate divorce

In most cases, people applaud the advancements in reproductive technology that make it possible for a childless couple to bear offspring. For many, this technology paves the way to realizing what may have once seemed an impossible dream. In vitro fertilization is one of the most popular forms of reproductive technology and involves the implantation of a fertilized egg into the mother's body.

It is safe to assume that couples that decide to pursue IVF never intend to get a divorce. However, we all know that unexpected complications can arise to derail a once secure relationship. If a couple contemplating divorce has frozen embryos in storage, it can add yet one more contentious element to what is already a challenging situation.

The question of what should happen to frozen embryos in the event of divorce is difficult to answer, even by the nation's lawmakers. Sometimes, a divorcing couple can agree on a solution, but other times, a battle over the embryos may ensue. For example, say one of the spouses wants to use the embryos to have children in the future but the other spouse objects. Since both parties have an interest in the embryos, it could result in ongoing legal proceedings.

In today's world, all kinds of technology can have an impact on family law issues in North Carolina and elsewhere in the nation. Reproductive technology is no exception and should be dealt with as early as possible should divorce arise. It is wise to consult with a family law attorney about these issues and any other matters that may delay or derail your divorce.

Source: babyMed, "In Vitro Fertilization: Who Gets the Pre-Embryos After Divorce?," Susan L. Pollet, accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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