Family Formation has helped build families and fulfill dreams of family through assisted reproduction and surrogacy for decades.  Our law practice was started and built by an industry leader, Diane Michelsen, who helped define both the legal and ethical standards in this field.  Our lead attorney and owner, Megan Cohen, has practiced exclusively in family law, assisted reproductive technology law, and adoption since 2010.

We represent intended parents, donors and donor recipients in drafting and reviewing all types of assisted reproduction contracts–gestational surrogacy, ovum donation, sperm donation and embryo donation.  We work with intended parents and surrogates to obtain parental adjudication orders and have done so in virtually every county in Northern California. 

Most important, our small team of experts provide excellent one-on-one customer service. We will walk you through the legal process every step of the way with a compassionate, efficient, and responsive approach. We are proud to offer the highest level of professionalism, affordable and stress-free services. 

Assisted Reproduction Law Services

Our assisted reproduction law services include drafting and reviewing ovum sperm and embryo donation contracts, as well as gestational surrogacy contracts.  We have excellent relationships with fertility doctors and agencies throughout the state. They appreciate the value we offer as a past surrogacy agency and refer their patients to us with confidence. 

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Call or email today to schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation with one of our attorneys.  We look forward to hearing from you!  (925) 945 1880 or send us a confidential email.


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- Roman S.

Megan and Family Formation helped us with the legal side of our surrogacy. From the very start, they were fantastic; communication was great, everything was prompt and on time, and Megan gave us a lot of great advice. The coordination of the whole process was amazing, we will definitely work with Family Formation again in the future.

- Jill

Through a friend of a friend came a gentle suggestion to call this lawyer named Megan who may be able to offer me another option. After my first conversation with Megan, I felt like the clouds parted. A huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Megan went the extra mile with me and still is. She was never judgmental or condescending. More than anything, she wanted me to know it was my choice. I never felt like I was thrown away after all was said and done. Her qualities are genuine… refreshing for a lawyer. I won’t lie and say it hasn’t been hard. I think of my son every day and although I miss him, at least I know I gave him a chance.

- Mandi E.

My heart is so happy right now it could burst. I have waited 4 long years and my twin daughters are due in a few days. I started thinking about all of the people that made this happen and how wonderful my experience was and I can not recommend Family Formation more for your surrogacy journey. The team there takes care of everything and everyone. They are always there to answer questions, you feel safe, and you feel taken care of from a-z.

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