Recent legislative changes in NSW mean that single women, married couples, heterosexual couples, and same-sex couples all have equal access to IVF treatment.
However there remains legal complexity when it comes to recognising who is a ‘parent’ of a child, and who isn’t. For example, even if one parent in a couple is the biological parent of a child, different presumptions of legal parentage arise for lesbian couples compared to male same-sex couples.
For children conceived after 1 January 2010 in NSW, information about donors, including their name, date of birth, medical history and other personal details, is kept on a Central Register, which can be accessed by the child after they turn 18.
For children conceived prior to 1 January 2010 there is a voluntary system of information exchange, and access to certain ‘de-identified’ information such as relevant medical history.
Blanchfield Nicholls can advise and guide you through your questions around IVF and assisted reproduction.