Australia’s highest court granted parental rights to the sperm donor of an 11-year-old child in a decision Wednesday morning.
The legal battle began a few years prior, when the mother of the child and her same-sex partner planned to relocate to New Zealand. The donor, who has maintained an active presence in his daughter’s life, challenged the couple in Australia’s Family Court.
Court documents used the pseudonyms Robert Masson and Susan Parsons to refer to the child’s biological parents.
Initially, the Family Court ruled in favor of Masson, prompting Parsons to appeal the decision under a New South Wales law, which outlinesfertilization procedures for same-sex couples and stipulates that a sperm donor is not a father.Back to News
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