We are a working group of 6 BC lawyers who are experienced in fertility and family law and navigating the complexities of the law around the parentage of children born through assisted reproduction. We are able to assist with drafting of, or providing legal advice on, surrogacy agreements, sperm or egg donor agreements, and agreements regarding alternative family structures such as three-parent families. Visit our website for a complete listing of lawyers available to assist you and their firm contact information: https://www.fertilitylawbc.com/
Terry’s experiences have taught him that no matter what the circumstance, people want to be treated with respect, be provided with insightful and practical guidance and trust that the person they are listening to is hearing them.
Terry is a highly skilled and experienced family law lawyer with a practice concentrating on issues relating to surrogacy, adoption, divorce, child support, parenting time and spousal support. Terry’s goal is to ensure that the family unit is treated with respect and understanding during a difficult time.
Terry recognizes families come in all shapes and sizes. Parents are divorced, separated, common-law, same-sex and single. The family with one parent and one child is a family. A grandmother raising her step-grandchild is a family. The same-sex couple and their adopted or conceived through surrogacy child is a family. New dimensions in parenting may require a new way of doing things, a pioneering spirit.
Jocelyne is a bilingual lawyer, and after practising as a family lawyer with the New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission since 2005, she joined private practice in 2014. Previous to that, she also worked as legal counsel for the former Family Mediation Program offered by the province of New Brunswick.
Since joining the private sector, Jocelyne has grown to practice in the area of surrogacy and fertility law. She has been invited as a speaker at the national level on this topic and continues to help families deal with legal issues surrounding these life changing family decisions. She has represented clients from various Canadian provinces as well as international clients. Jocelyne is one of the only lawyers in New Brunswick who has a practice in the field of fertility and surrogacy law.
Outside of her law practice, she keeps busy with activities involving her husband and three children!
Shirley has been practicing law since 1988, and in particular, has been involved with fertility law since 1996. Shirley’s practice base is Toronto, Ontario, but she assists people the world over. As an experienced surrogacy and fertility law lawyer, Shirley guides and supports her clients through the complex and emotional process of creating their families using assisted reproductive technology. Whether an intended parent, a gestational carrier, an egg or sperm donor, or whether, as a fertility industry provider, legal assistance is required with consents, research, or legal opinions, Shirley can provide the knowledge, service and assistance deserved and needed. Because Shirley also practices family law, she understands how a variety of family law issues, such as parentage, custody and support, intersect with fertility law issues. Shirley has helped people from the world over to build their families, including: across Canada, England, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Australia and the United States.