There are many ways to grow a family, and co-parenting is a creative option. Whilst I primarily assist with surrogacy and donor arrangements, I am increasingly receiving enquiries from parties seeking to enter into a co-parenting arrangement. This might be two singles, or one couple and a single, or two couples. Often it involves members of the LGBTQI+ community, for example where a same sex male couple seeks to enter into a co-parenting arrangement with a same sex female couple or a single woman.

So, here’s what you should know about Co-Parenting Arrangements:

  1. You should get legal advice about your specific circumstances. Ideally, all the parties should get legal advice, particularly before signing any agreement or attempting conception.
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  2. There are legal presumptions as to parentage, and that includes that a birthing person is presumed to be a legal parent, and if they have a partner then they too are presumed to be a legal parent.
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  3. There are, at this time, provisions for only two people to be named on a Birth Certificate. These two people do not have to be genetically related to the child.
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  4. A child’s best interests are paramount regardless of any agreement between adults who have conceived them or are raising them.
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  5. The good news is, that every family is different and you can be as creative as you like about the arrangement and what works for you, your family and the relationships with each other.
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  6. The parties would benefit from having counselling together and individually, prior to conception and even throughout pregnancy and beyond.
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  7. Get legal advice.

You may like to read more about Donor Agreements, and do some research about what a co-parenting arrangements might look like. When you’re ready, make an appointment with Sarah to talk through the processes and options.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford. I’m a surrogacy, fertility and family lawyer. I’m also an IVF Mum, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate, and I delivered a baby for her Dads in 2018.

I advocate for positive, best practice surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provide support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

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