Known sperm donor


Choosing a sperm donor known to you can have its good and bad sides. Careful consideration and planning is necessary to have a successful experience beyond conception and into childhood.

In most cases where a sperm donor is desired, an anonymous sperm donor found through a sperm bank is used. But sometimes, a known sperm donor is preferable. Maybe the parents want to know medical history, or want the connection that comes from using a family member. Ultimately, it is a personal decision and there is no right answer.

Know your state’s laws

There are laws which govern the decision to choose a known donor. Nearly half of the states have adopted the Uniform Parentage Act UPA). This states the husband of the wife who is artificially inseminated is the father of the resulting child. Also it states that the sperm donor is not the legal father. A newer version of the law states that a donor may have parental rights if everyone agrees in writing.

There may be difficulties in states without laws. Difficulties may arise when insemination is done at home and agreements are verbal. What may start out as friendly and generous can end in heart ache without proper consideration of the possibilities.

Use a licensed physician

Protect everyone by using a licensed physician. Doing so makes it clear to all parties that this is an insemination by a donor. It also falls under the guidelines of most Artificial Insemination (AI) guidelines and there will be protections for the parents and donor.

Get everything in writing

Doing so guarantees nothing, but it does provide evidence of the mindset at the time of insemination. If relationships evolve and all parties want changes, they can easily be made with a new agreement. Sample contracts can be found online and through specialized attorneys.

Source: AFA


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