The relevant commission of the Government of the Russian Federation approved a bill that gives the right for maternity capital to men raising children from surrogate mothers. According to Kommersant, in the near future, the Cabinet of Ministers will make appropriate amendments to the law for consideration by the State Duma.
According to the bill, men who “are the only parents of the second, third and subsequent children born for them after January 1, 2007, and the first child born after January 1, 2020, as a result of the use of surrogacy” will be able to count on maternity capital. However, receiving support becomes possible only if a man has already married and is raising children together with the spouse who adopted them.
The document also prescribes that in the event of the death or deprivation of the rights of a father, the maternity capital can be received by his spouse. In the event of her death or the cancellation of the adoption, the rights for maternity capital are transferred to children.
It is reminded that maternity capital has been issued in Russia since 2007. Thus, families in which a second child was born or adopted have the right to it. From January 1, 2020, maternity capital is also issued at the birth of the first child. In 2021, the amount of maternity capital is 483.8 thousand rubles for the first child and 639.4 thousand rubles for the second and subsequent children, if the parents did not receive payments for the first.
Currently, families with children born with the help of assisted reproductive technologies are guaranteed state support, but only a woman recorded in the birth certificate as the child’s mother has the right to receive maternity capital. The explanatory note says that currently additional state support measures are given priority to women “in connection with the social risks of motherhood, covering pregnancy and childbirth, raising children in a single-parent family, possible difficulties in finding employment.” The rights of a man to such measures are “derived from the rights of a woman”.