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If you wish to donate sperm to help a someone create a family or, if you are looking to create a family by way of donor conception, please seek legal advice before you start the insemination or embryo transfer process.

Creating a family by donor conception is not unusual but it comes with risks if you do not get advice before the process.  Legal parent status is determined based on factors prior to insemination or embryo transfer.  Once parenthood status has been determined, it cannot be undone.

If you do not intend on having legal and financial obligations towards the child, make sure that you get legal advice on how you can donate sperm without becoming the legal father.

If you wish to use a known sperm donor but do not want the donor to be a legal parent, please get advice as soon as you have selected the donor.  There are easy ways to ensure that the donor does not become the legal father but much depends on what is done prior to insemination or embryo transfer.

If you wish to co-parent with your donor, there are also ways for all three of you to have legal responsibility for the child.  I advise that you have a co-parenting agreement to set out your joint intentions and obligations towards the child.

 See here for advice about surrogacy with double donation.

For advice on donor conception please call 01727 884688 or e-mail