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There are a variety of ways to build a family through donation or co-parenting, including:

  • Use of identifiable arms-length donor eggs, sperms or embryos.
  • Use of non-identifiable donor eggs, sperm or embryos.
  • Use of eggs or sperm from a known donor.
  • Inter-family donation.
  • A co-parenting arrangement.

These family building arrangements create complex legal, practical, financial and emotional issues which require careful management from the outset.

Our specialist legal services help you identify, understand and navigate the legal issues, risks and outcomes in the short, medium and longer term.  We provide tailored legal advice and solutions that align with your situation and wishes.

If you require legal assistance or wish to discuss your situation please get in touch

 enquiries@louisaghevaertassociates.co.uk

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

How we can help

Our legal services include

  • Legal packages
  • Bespoke legal advice tailored to your situation, needs and wishes
  • Preparation of legal documentation
  • Legal support and representation in court proceedings

Package One

Donor Conception - Legal Review

This provides initial expert legal and practical advice to support people undertaking donor conception. It:

  • Provides legal and practical advice on donor information rights.
  • Provides bespoke legal advice on donor conception law in the UK (including legal parentage and parental responsibility and legal and practical implications arising).

Package Three

Known donor - legal review

This provides initial expert legal and practical advice to support people undertaking known donation. It:

  • Addresses benefits and contents of a bespoke known donor agreement.
  • Provides bespoke legal advice on known donation law in the UK (including legal parentage and parental responsibility and legal and practical implications arising).

Package Five

Co-parenting legal start kit

This legal package provides a legal starter kit about family building through a co-parenting arrangement. It contains the following initial legal information and documentation on co-parenting law in the UK to help prospective co-parents:

  • Co-parenting legal information guide.
  • Co-parenting questionnaire.
  • Co-parenting agreement template.

Package Seven

Co-parenting agreement and legal review

This legal package includes a legal review meeting and the preparation of a bespoke co-parenting agreement. It:

  • Prepares a bespoke co-parenting agreement.
  • Provides bespoke legal advice on co-parenting (including legal parentage and parental responsibility and legal and practical implications arising).

Package Two

Known donation legal starter kit

This legal package provides a legal starter kit about family building and conception through known donation. It contains the following initial legal information and documentation on known donation law in the UK to help prospective parents and known donors:

  • Known donation legal information guide.
  • Known donation questionnaire.
  • Known donor agreement template.

Package Four

Known donor agreement and legal review

This legal package provides a tailored legal review meeting about family building and known donation law in the UK. It:

  • Prepares a bespoke known donor agreement tailored to your individual situation and wishes.
  • Provides bespoke legal advice on known donation law in the UK (including legal parentage and parental responsibility and legal and practical implications arising).

Package Six

Co-parenting - legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice to support people building a family through co-parenting. It:

  • Answers legal questions to give peace of mind.
  • Provides bespoke legal advice on co-parenting (including legal parentage, parental responsibility, a child’s upbringing and legal and practical implications arising).

If you require further information on any of the above packages please get in touch

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

Donation case law

Louisa Ghevaert has dealt with numerous leading and cutting-edge fertility and donation law cases, including:

XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 2832, where for the first time the Court of Appeal awarded damages for the costs of fertility treatment, donor eggs and commercial surrogacy in California for a woman rendered infertile and unable to carry a pregnancy following a delay in detecting cancer in smear tests and biopsies. Louisa Ghevaert gave expert evidence in the case, which featured in The Telegraph 19 December 2018 and The Times, The Telegraph, The Mail Online and The Mirror on 27 January 2019.

In the matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case V) [2016] EWHC 2356 (Fam), obtaining a declaration of parentage in the High Court for a woman in a same-sex relationship for a child conceived through fertility treatment and donor sperm at a UK fertility clinic licensed by the HFEA.  The HFEA Consent Form WP was missing from the clinic file. The case for the first time gave guidance on the practice of making interim costs orders in favour of patients to fund litigation and access to justice following errors in the completion of consent forms at UK fertility clinics.

You can read more here.

In the News:

3 Person IVF approved by the HFEA – what does this mean? (Jordan Publishing Family Law, 31 January 2017)

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