Can Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?

Can Sperm Donors Have Parental Rights?

Establishing parental rights for those who donate sperm, egg, pre-embryonic cells, or for those who serve as a surrogate are more complicated than establishing traditional parental rights. It is not, however, impossible. Learn how our Jacksonville family law attorneys can help donors receive establish parental rights.

Sperm and Egg Donation in Florida

According to Florida law, sperm, egg, and pre-embryo donors relinquish all parental rights to any child that is born as a result of their donations. The only exception would be the execution of a pre-planned adoption agreement between the donor and legal parents.

Additionally, there are instances where the recipient of the sperm, egg, or pre-embryo intends for the donor to retain parental rights to the child, usually because the parties:

  • Are romantically involved

  • Have a close personal relationship at the time of the transaction

In the above scenarios, it’s still a good idea to draft a pre-planned adoption agreement that specifies who would have parental rights over the child once he or she is born. Our family law attorneys at Owenby Law are here to help draft an adoption agreement or help you establish parental rights after the fact.

Because of the esoteric nature of these models of conception, gestation, and birth, not all family law firms will accept these cases. Our Jacksonville family law attorneys pride themselves on being able to provide our clients with these services.

If you need help establishing paternity rights, contact Owenby Law, P.A. at (904) 770-3141 today.


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