Can A.R.T. Survive Death and Divorce?

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 90 minutes
Recorded Date: July 31, 2019
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  • Introduction to Third-Party Assisted Reproduction
  • Embryo Disputes
  • Pre- or Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Embryo Disposition Case Law
  • Surrogacy and Family Law
  • Challenges to Parentage, Customer, Support Obligations
  • UnMarried & Married Same Sex Parents - Challenges & Questions
  • Statutes Affecting Surrogacy and Other AR
  • Impact of ART in Divorce, Parentage and Other Family Law Actions
  • Can ART Survive Death?
Runtime: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Recorded: July 31, 2019


Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) is an expanding field whose consequences directly impact family law and estate planning. This program explores and highlights the ART issues which arise in traditional family law cases and in estate planning. Faculty will provide tips and guidelines to family law practitioners and estate planning practitioners who do not deal with ART issues on a day-to-day basis, but who may be confronted with them on a case-by-case basis.

This program was recorded on July 31st, 2019.

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Tim R. Schlesinger

Paule Camazine & Blumethal, P.C.

In his more than 30 years of practice, Tim Schlesinger has become well-known for his skill and experience in the areas of complex divorce, family law and assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Mr. Schlesinger’s divorce and family law practice emphasizes complex financial issues involving business valuation, maintenance (spousal support) and substantial net worth. In addition, Mr. Schlesinger is in great demand for the preparation of surrogacy agreements, embryo and egg donation agreements, as well as the legal actions necessary to establish parentage when children are born as the result of these agreements.

Couples who previously could not have children can now build their families through assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Mr. Schlesinger helps clients seeking to build their families through such methods as surrogacy, gestational carriers, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, in-vitro fertilization and other processes.

At our Firm, we draft surrogacy agreements, gestational carrier agreements, egg, embryo and sperm donation agreements and in-vitro fertilization process agreements designed to protect your rights, no matter which part you play in the process. In cases involving gestational carriers or surrogacy, once the baby is born we help prospective parents through the court process to be declared the lawful parents of the child.

Mr. Schlesinger uses his extensive knowledge of ART and family law to help you create or build your family. Mr. Schlesinger is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, and is a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association (Family Law Section) Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee. In addition, he is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a wide range of family law and ART topics for organizations and sponsors of continuing legal education such as the American Bar Association Family Law Section, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, the Missouri Bar Association, the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and the National Business Institute. He has written many articles for legal journals and chapters in legal books and he created the chapter on assisted reproductive technologies for the Missouri Bar Family Law Continuing Legal Education Deskbook.

Amy Davis Adams

Balch & Bingham LLP

Amy Adams focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, trust, and estate litigation and advising personal representative and trustees. She regularly represents young entrepreneurs, professionals, and high net worth individuals. She is a frequent speaker both locally and nationally and speaks to a wide variety of audiences.

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