Genetic Donors and Family Law Advice

Genetic Donors and Family Law Advice

Fertility rates have been a hot topic in the news lately.

More and more couples are turning to IVF, egg donors, sperm donors (genetic donors) and surrogates, to have children.

There is a downside in using a known or non-anonymous genetic donor.

The usual agreement between the parties is that the genetic donor will not have a relationship or spend time with the child.

However, this agreement is not binding and the genetic donor can make application under the Family Law Act for orders allowing them to have a relationship with, spend time and communicate with, the child.

There are as many cases where the family law court has allowed this to occur, as there are where the family law court has not allowed this to occur.

This situation is something that an intended parent needs to weigh up when considering the option of using a known genetic donor, rather than an anonymous one.

The winners when it comes to family law are always the children because by definition, the family law courts can’t make orders that are not in children’s best interests.

That doesn’t mean that one or both parents or other interested parties may not agree with, or not be disappointed by, what the family law court considers to be in the children’s best interests in any particular case.

Freedom Law can help you if you have family law problems from our head office on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, or anywhere within or outside Australia. Contact us today for an in person or e-consultation.


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