Sperm Donor Adoption Rights in Virginia
Are you considering adopting a child that was conceived from your sperm donation? The adoption process in Virginia is complicated and extensive, just like any other state; however, sperm donors have certain rights that are protected under the law.
Keep reading this blog by our attorneys at Bush & Taylor, P.C. to learn more about a sperm donor’s right to adopt.
What is a Sperm Donor?
A sperm donor is an individual who volunteers to donate semen that contains sperm. The semen can be given to an individual or a couple who wishes to use it to get pregnant.
Sperm donors can be anonymous if they choose to be. Women and couples can choose to use an anonymous donor, or they can ask a friend or family member to donate their sperm directly to them.
What Rights Do Sperm Donors Have?
Like anyone who donates sperm, or eggs, donors have certain rights and responsibilities under Virginia law. As a sperm donor, you have rights up until you sign a contract that would state otherwise.
The best way to know your rights as a donor is to consult with an experienced adoption attorney if you feel you would like to potentially adopt in the future. It is also recommended that you read over any legal contract and have an attorney also read it before you sign.
Your rights as a donor depend on the contract you sign with the medical facility you donated to or the intended parents of the child, relative, friend, or someone else you donated your sperm to.
Consulting With an Adoption Attorney
Adoption cases are complicated matters, and it’s hard to know what rights you would potentially have if you were to try to adopt a child that was conceived with your sperm if there was no prior agreement. The best way to explore your options as an adoptive parent is to consult with an attorney that specializes in adoption and family law. Your attorney will explain a possible outcome based on your situation and help you reach your desired goals.
To learn more about adoption rights for sperm donors, call our team today at Bush & Taylor, P.C. to schedule a consultation.