We can advise on issues arising from assisted reproduction in respect of your legal rights, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and regulations in respect of treatment. Whilst most cases would hopefully be straightforward with clear advice given from the regulated clinic, there can be more difficult emotive issues arise, for example in relation to posthumous conception (where a donor has passed away and the remaining partner wishes to continue with the fertility treatment).
Whilst most clinics are regulated and issues are dealt with properly, there have been cases where forms have not been properly completed and these administrative errors have led to a person not being recognised as the legal parent of their own child. We can assist in these cases and provide you with the necessary advise
Known Donor Conception
Whilst fertility treatment via a licensed clinic is regulatory and there tends to be clear provisions in place, this is not the situation with private arrangements where a donor is known to the recipient. It is important that, before embarking on known donor conception, that you take proper legal advice about the implications of this and how best to manage the relationship and arrangements for the child.
We can advise you on the best way to secure the arrangements for your child within a known-donor agreement or co-parenting agreement if the latter is appropriate in your situation. We can ensure you think about all implications, emotional, medical and financial and, whilst an agreement outside of court would not be wholly legal binding or prevent potential future court applications, it could carry weight in court and reduce the risk of a dispute arising in the first place.