Donor conception and co-parenting

We can help with all aspects of UK law for parents and donors building families through donor conception or co-parenting. The UK's first specialist fertility law firm, we have years of experience working with diverse modern families and are known as leading experts on donor conception law.

How we help as fertility law solicitors

We usually arrange a fixed fee Legal Review with an experienced solicitor in the first instance. If you are planning a family, we can help you understand who will be your child’s legal parents and what can be recorded on your child’s birth certificate, as well as guiding you on what you need to do with clinic forms and at birth registration.

If you are conceiving with (or as) a known donor or co-parent, we can advise you on managing the relationship successfully, and what might happen if your relationship breaks down.

If you already have a child, we can advise you on your situation and any legal steps available to you to resolve problems or secure your status.

Contact us to arrange a meeting in person, by Skype or telephone.

You can fill in our contact form, call us on +44 (0) 20 3701 5915 or email us.

Known donation agreements, co-parenting agreements and other pre-conception agreements

We can help you set strong foundations by putting in place a known donor agreement or a co-parenting agreement. While not legally binding, a written agreement is clear evidence and may carry weight in court if there is a dispute. Putting one in place also minimises the risk of mismatched expectations which often sow the seeds of later dispute.

We offer template pre-conception agreements which you can buy from us to complete yourselves (with or without legal advice). We also offer bespoke advice services where we meet with you to discuss your personal situation and prepare a bespoke donor conception agreement or co-parenting agreement for you. These services are charged on a fixed fee basis.

Legal help with clinic donation

If you conceive with an unknown egg or sperm donor or act as a donor at a UK fertility clinic, the law should be straightforward. However, issues sometimes arise, including doubts about legal parenthood where fertility clinics have made errors with legal forms.  We have successfully represented parents in leading cases heard in the High Court, helping them to secure legal parenthood after administrative errors at fertility clinics meant that they may not be the legal parents of their own children.

We also deal with a range of other issues related to donor conception at fertility clinics, including storage issues, information rights, disputes and legal processes to secure parenthood for parents who are not automatically legal parents.

We can provide legal advice, and represent you in discussions with your clinic or in the family court.

Specialist wills for donor conception

We prepare specialist wills for parents through donor conception and co-parenting. As well as giving us an understanding of the family dynamics involved, our long experience means that we can deal with any law quirks to make sure that you protect your child and any parents who are not formally legal parents.

Our easy remote service enables you to make or update your wills via telephone/Skype and email, for a fixed fee.

Disputes relating to donor conception and co-parenting

We have leading experience providing legal advice and representation to those involved in a disputes about children conceiving through donor conception or co-parenting arrangements.  That may include disputes about whether someone is a legal parent of a child, or disputes about the role a parent, donor or co-parent should have in the child's life. 

Find out more about  how we help with children law disputes.

Looking for more information about donor conception law?

Our free online Knowledge Centre contains guidance, published articles and access to the law and forms and documents you may need, including:

Known donation and co-parenting 

Donor conception - treatment at a UK clinic

Legal parenthood after donor conception

Donor conception campaigning

Contact us to arrange a meeting in person, by Skype or telephone.

You can fill in our contact form, call us on +44 (0) 20 3701 5915 or email us.