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Sperm Donation Agreements

The major considerations with insemination agreements are how to determine the parental roles and responsibilities, if any, of the donor; and how to protect the donor from any claim of support.

Persons who receive sperm donation wish to avoid unintended claims of parental rights. Donors wish to avoid unforseen claims for support.

Sperm donor agreements

Insemination agreements with the sperm donor typically:


In Ontario, the rights and obligations of a sperm donor are not spelled out in statute.

The intentions of the parties regarding the rights, if any, of the donor must be clearly defined in their contract.

In the absence of statutes or clear case law, the courts will look to the existence of a contract between the donor and the recipient(s).

See also: parental rights.

* Source: Findlay, Barbara. Baby Steps: Assisted Human Reproductive Technology and the B.C. Family Law Act. Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. Page 16