Donor Conception

You can conceive a much wanted child using eggs, sperm or embryos donated by someone else.

The legal status of children conceived through donor conception can be complex and takes various forms, including:

If you intend to conceive a child through donor conception you should understand the law and its implications in your situation. A lack of legal understanding may undermine the intended legal status for your child with serious long term consequences, including:

  • You may not have the form of family you intended
  • You or your partner may have different legal status for your child
  • Your child's legal identity as your son or daughter may be affected
  • You or your partner may not be your child's legal parent
  • You or your partner may lack parental responsibility for your child
  • A third party may have unwanted legal rights and responsibilities for your child
  • You or your partner may not be financially responsible for your child
  • Your child may lack a right of inheritance from you or your partner
  • You or your partner may lack legal status to bring or defend legal proceedings for your child

How we can help

We provide individually tailored cutting edge advice on:

  • fertility law in the UK and internationally
  • donor conception law in the UK
  • known donation law and preparation of a known donor agreement
  • co-parenting law and preparation of a co-parenting agreement
  • acquisition of legal parenthood for a child
  • acquisition of parental responsibility for a child
  • legal risk analysis in your situation
  • concerning financial provision for a child
  • resolution of a dispute about arrangements for a child
  • managing relationship breakdown
  • preparation of specialist 'Family Proof' Wills

To find out more about our services click here.

Discuss your situation and arrange an introductory meeting with Louisa Ghevaert, Partner and Head of the Fertility and Parenting Team at Michelmores: email or telephone +44(0)207 7886382.

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