Thanks to scientific advances there are multiple ways to have a child nowadays, helping everyone access parenthood, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or ability to have a child the “traditional” way.
At Crisp & Co, our fertility law specialists can provide bespoke advice and support for individuals and couples looking to grow their family.
There are many legal matters you need to be aware of before going ahead with fertility treatment, including issues of legal parenthood, partner and donor consent, and your parental rights and responsibilities. These are challenging concepts that even legal professionals struggle with, so it is definitely worth choosing a family law specialist to help you.
Our wide-ranging fertility law expertise covers artificial insemination, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, co-parenting, and everything in between. As a dedicated family law firm, we stay at the forefront of knowledge in this fast-developing area of law so we can provide the highest quality of advice to our clients. We will explain the law surrounding fertility in plain, understandable language so you can make informed decisions about how you want to proceed.
We aim to create an open, welcoming environment to every individual regardless of background or personal characteristics, with particular experience supporting LGBTQIA couples as they expand their families.
How our fertility law solicitors can help
Deciding to start or add to your family will be one of the biggest and most exciting decisions of your life. We would be proud to be by your side throughout the process, providing advice and support in relation to all legal aspects of the matter. Our expertise includes:
- Assisted reproduction and artificial insemination, including:
- IVF (in vitro fertilisation)
- IUI (intrauterine insemination)
- ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
- Donor insemination (sperm donation)
- Egg donation
- Co-parenting – having a child with someone who is not your partner
- Legal parenthood and parental responsibility
- Parental Orders, Adoption Orders and other family related court orders
- Helping families resolve fertility and surrogacy related disputes
Artificial insemination and assisted reproduction
There are multiple ways to fall pregnant nowadays and we can provide advice on the legal aspects of all the processes. Common artificial insemination and assisted reproduction methods include:
IVF (in vitro fertilisation)
IVF is the process of removing an egg from a woman’s ovaries and fertilising it with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilised egg is then implanted into the woman’s womb.
You can either use your own eggs and your partner’s sperm, or you can use donated eggs and/or sperm.
IUI (intrauterine insemination)
IUI involves sperm being inserted directly into a woman’s womb just after ovulation. You can either have IUI using a partner’s sperm or a donor’s sperm (either an anonymous donor or someone you know).
ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
ICSI is similar to IVF, except it involves sperm being injected directly into an egg rather than simply mixing the sperm and egg together and leaving them to fertilise.
We can provide expert advice on surrogacy law. For further information, please visit our Surrogacy Solicitors page.
Co-parenting is when two people who are not in a relationship decide to have a child together usually using artificial insemination/assisted reproduction. Co-parenting can cause difficult legal issues, for example, if the woman has a spouse or civil partner, they will automatically be considered the legal father rather than the intended father – the man who has donated the sperm.
We can provide detailed advice about co-parenting arrangements and the legal status of the parties involved.