For a solo man, there are a number of ways you can create a family and manage the legal implications.  These include:

Natural conception 

Known donation 




Children law and disputes

Family law and disputes

Making the decision to become a solo father is a big step, legally, financially, emotionally and practically.  Co-parenting, known donation, adoption and surrogacy each have their own legal character and issues, requiring proactive management from the outset.

To undergo fertility treatment at a UK fertility clinic licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority ('HFEA') you need to give informed consent to treatment.  Fertility patients must understand the law and legal implications of their fertility treatment and give written informed consent.  This is not just a form filling exercise. We can help you in understanding the law and legal implications associated with your fertility treatment to make legally informed decisions that accurately reflect your wishes.

When entering into a co-parenting or known donor arrangement the consistent message of the English Family Court is you should ensure a co-parenting or known donor agreement is put in place before you establish a pregnancy. Should a dispute arise, you will be better placed to secure a successful outcome.

Surrogacy raises challenging legal issues, in what remains a rapidly evolving and developing area of law. 

Conception of a child with a partner or adoption of a child can also raise legal issues in the event of relationship breakdown or a change in circumstances.

How we can help

To find out more about our bespoke legal services click here.

We provide expert independent legal advice on:

  • acquisition and protection of legal parenthood for a child
  • acquisition and exercise of parental responsibility for a child
  • fertility law in the UK and internationally
  • surrogacy law in the UK and internationally
  • adoption law in the UK and inter-country adoption
  • known donation law and prepare a known donor agreement
  • co-parenting law and prepare a co-parenting agreement
  • legal risk analysis in your situation
  • legal advice and assistance concerning financial provision for a child
  • a dispute about arrangements for a child
  • a relationship breakdown
  • Preparation of a specialist 'Family Proof' Will

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To gain an understanding of wider issues in the development of and current issues surrounding fertility parenting and family law in the UK and internationally click here to visit our Media and Publications section. 

You can find more about assisted conception and family law in the UK in our resource hub.

For further information and assistance contact Louisa Ghevaert, Partner and Head of the Fertility and Parenting Team at Michelmores.  Email or call +44(0)207 7886382.

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