Today the High Court commenced the hearing of our matter that will determine whether sperm donors are parents, in circumstances where they intended to be a parent to their child at the time of conception, where the mother was single at conception and where the donor played a parental role to their child. The hearing will continue tomorrow morning.
Solicitor Tahlia Bleier spoke with Zoë Wondering late last week about our case, Masson & Parsons, to be heard by the Full Bench of the High Court of Australia tomorrow. You can listen to the podcast by following the link below.
INSIDE FAMILY LAW PODCAST
‘The door was open’ - Can a sperm donor be a parent? With Tahlia Marissa(family lawyer)
Tahlia Bleier discusses the ground breaking case of Masson & Parsons and Anor  FamCA 823 (18 September 2018) with the appeal to the High Court of Australia being heard on Tuesday 16 April. Very much family law at the frontier, Tahlia and I discuss
The background facts and history of the proceedings
The wider consequences for families of this case, depending on how the High Court decides it.
What can we learn from all of this in terms of practical steps that can be taken before a child is born when a known sperm donor is involved to ensure there is greater clarity for all parties
What is the nexus between biology and parenthood
How children's perceptions are given weight
How the “reality” of modern family structures may not be able to be properly captured with our current legislation.
The tension between flexibility and clarity in the law.
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