Man granted right of non-parentage of child conceived through embryo donation

5 December 2018

The child was conceived abroad in 2013 using a donated embryo and shortly after the birth the parties, who had not been married, separated.Both parties were entered on the birth certificate as the child's parents.

The woman sought child maintenance payments from the man, but the man said he was not liable for the payments as he was not the child's biological father.

With the exception of the first few months of the child's life the father had played no part in her life and the judge held that the man had no legal responsibility for or connection with the child.

This case shows how very important it is to take legal advice at the outset, in order to reflect the parties' intentions and the best interests of the child.

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