February 14

Florida Judge Approves Birth Certificate with Three Parents

A judge in Miami-Dade County approved a birth certificate with three parents: a married, lesbian couple and a friend who was the sperm donor. The decision ends a two-year paternity fight between the couple and the friend, who sought a larger role in the child’s life. If the couple had executed a sperm donation contract prior to the donation, which outlined the parties’ rights and responsibilities, this dispute could have largely been prevented because the parties would be bound by the terms of the executed contract. Instead, the couple and the friend only had an oral agreement. If you are considering using a surrogate, egg donor, or sperm donor, it is important to have all of the parties’ rights and responsibilities agreed to and contracted to prevent disputes later on down the road.

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