Co-Parenting / Known Donation
Understandably, there are a number of reasons why people prefer to co-parent with friends as opposed to using an unknown donor.
If you are entering into such an arrangement, it is very important that you establish a clear agreement in an attempt to avoid any future disputes.
Most commonly disputes arise when families have failed to make it clear what role each person will assume once the child is born.
A written agreement can assist families to avoid disputes arising but will not be legally binding. As such, there is reliance on everyone sticking to their part of the agreement. Having a written agreement in place will ensure that there is clear evidence of what the intentions were at the time the arrangement was entered into.
A written agreement is also likely to carry more weight if the parties to the agreement had legal advice before entering into the arrangement.
Our specialist team can advise you on the possible implications arising from using a known donor.
If your child is conceived with the assistance of donated eggs or sperm, there are potentially several different people who can be identified in law as the child’s legal parents. In such circumstances, it is important to seek legal advice to ensure that you understand who will be recognised as your child’s legal parents.
If you are thinking of becoming a donor or using an unknown donor, it is important that you understand the rights of the child to information about their donor.
Our specialist team can advise you on the legal implications of donor conception.