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RE Patrick & the rights and responsibilities of sperm donor fathers in Australian family law

McConvill, James and Mills, Eithne 2003, RE Patrick & the rights and responsibilities of sperm donor fathers in Australian family law, Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 298-319.

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Title RE Patrick & the rights and responsibilities of sperm donor fathers in Australian family law
Author(s) McConvill, James
Mills, Eithne
Journal name Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 298
End page 319
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Kelvin Grove, Qld.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1445-6230
1445-6249
Summary In the matter of Re Patrick, Guest J of the Family Court of Australia held that a sperm donor, known to the lesbian mother of the child, had a right under Australian law to regular contact with the child to the extent that this was in the child's best interests. However, his Honour also held that due to the way in which particular provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) are drafted, a sperm donor cannot be regarded as the "parent" of the child, and accordingly called for legislative reform to recognise the rights of known sperm donors wanting involvement with the child. In this article, the authors will first explore the facts and decision in Re Patrick, and then outline a proposal to amend the Family Law Act 1975 so that sperm donors can apply for an order to be a 'parent' under the Act.
Language eng
Field of Research 180113 Family Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002267

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Law
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