Donor conception

If you wish to be a donor to help a couple create a family by donor conception or, if you are a couple looking to create a family using a donor, please seek legal advice before you start the insemination 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 father status is determined based on your marital status prior to insemination and, the manner in which the insemination took place.  Once parenthood status has been determined, it cannot be undone.  If you do not intend on being part of the child's life and have no intention of being a legal father with legal and financial obligations, make sure that you get legal advice on how you can donate sperm without becoming the legal father.

If you are a lesbian couple and wish to use a sperm donor but both of you wish to be the legal parents, please get advice from us as soon as you have selected a 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.

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.  We also advise on co-parenting in addition to national and international surrogacy.

Please see co-parenting agreements.

Contact our fertility and parenting law experts for advice on Donor conception on 01727 884688 or e-mail