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Do sperm donors have legal rights or obligations in the UK?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 10/11/2016

No, donors have no rights to the child born as a result of their donation. The donor is not the legal parent, has no legal obligation to the child or children, will not be named on the birth certificate and will not have to pay financial support to the child.

Conversely, when fresh donor sperm is used outside of an HFEA licensed clinic, the donor will be considered by law the child's legal father, with all the rights, responsibilities and obligations it involves.

Suggested for you: Egg Donation & UK Law – What Does the HFE Act 2008 Say?.

 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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