Whether you are a recipient in need of an egg or sperm donation or you are a generous donor, we can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the donation process and legalities so that you are fully informed.
Egg Donors and Donation Recipients
Egg donation is a form of assisted reproductive technology wherein a woman provides her eggs to the intended parent(s) for in vitro fertilization (IVF), with the understanding that the intended parent(s) will become the legal parent(s) of the child. The eggs can be utilized by the intended mother or a gestational carrier, also known as a surrogate.
Fertility clinics require egg donation contracts to be in place before the medical process can begin. An agreement between the commissioning parent(s) and the egg donor should outline the legal rights and responsibilities of each party and fully comply with statutory requirements. Each party is required to have independent legal representation.
As a donation recipient, you will utilize either anonymous or identified eggs. In either situation, and depending on your marital status, there are specific guidelines that must be followed. For example, court proceedings may be required to solidify your parental status depending on the state you reside in.
Egg donation is a complicated process but an incredibly rewarding one for both donor and recipient. Leslie Schreiber will provide you with a 360° perspective and personalized service that few attorneys can offer.
Sperm Donors and Donation Recipients
As a sperm donation recipient, you will use either anonymous or identified sperm. An example of an identified donation would be a friend, boyfriend, or any male who is known to you. In the case where the donor is known, it is essential to capture your intentions in a contract.
Whether you are receiving sperm from a known donor or you are considering donating to a known recipient, it is imperative to clarify whether the donor has legal rights to the child, or whether he has any financial or paternal rights or responsibilities.