Donor Agreements, although they are not legally binding, are recommended when embarking on the process of artificial conception with a known donor.
These Agreements are useful for recording the intentions of the parties about their future involvement in the care and upbringing of the child.
In the absence of a written agreement, a dispute could arise between the birth mother and donor, about his involvement in the child’s life. This might happen when a donor decides that he wants a bigger role in the child’s life than was originally contemplated, or when the relationship between a known donor and the birth mother breaks down.
A Donor Agreement can be drafted to make clear the involvement of the known donor in the child’s life. It could later be used as evidence, should a dispute end up in Family Law proceedings.
If you are planning to be a donor, or wish to use a donor, we recommend that you seek legal advice beforehand. Contact us to book your initial conference, to make sure that your interests are well-protected. 02 9221 8390