Law governing donation in the UK is complex. Various ways exist for you to donate your eggs or sperm to help others have a much wanted family. Specifically:
- Becoming a known donor
- Inter-family donation
- Becoming an egg donor
- Becoming a sperm donor at a UK fertility clinic licensed by the HFEA
Approximately 2,000 children are born every year in the UK as a result of donated eggs, sperm or embryos. There are a variety of reasons why people become a donor, including:
- helping a friend or family member
- for research purposes
- because you have children of your own
- you want to help others to become a parent
Becoming a donor has wide-ranging implications for the recipient, the donor conceived child and the donor. Donors must understand the legal, medical and wider implications of their donation in the short, medium and longer term if life does not go to plan or legal difficulties arise.
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We give impartial and expert legal advice and assistance on:
- fertility law in the UK and internationally
- donor conception law in the UK and internationally
- known donation law and preparation of a known donor agreement
- co-parenting law and preparation of a co-parenting agreement
- legal parenthood for a child
- parental responsibility for a child
- legal risk analysis in your situation
- financial responsibility for a child
- a dispute about a donor conceived child
- a relationship breakdown
- preparation of specialist 'Family Proof' Wills
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For further information or assistance please contact Louisa Ghevaert, Partner and Head of the Fertility and Parenting Team at Michelmores, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44(0)207 7886382.