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What is artificial insemination?

Connecticut residents have more options for starting a family these days than ever before. Between different types of artificial conception, parents of all sorts can have children much more easily than in the past. However, these new methods of conception also create legal questions, such as asking who the legal guardian of your child is.

FindLaw examines different artificial conception methods, including artificial insemination. Artificial insemination is a process in which sperm is directly inserted into the fallopian tubes, cervix, or uterus of the partner that wishes to become pregnant. In this way, it not only allows for a couple to bypass issues with the fallopian tubes, but it can also make up for any issues with the sperm quality.

If artificial insemination is done by a third-party donor, issues of legal parentage can become a little complex. Generally speaking, there is a "presumption" law in most states that assume that any child is the child of a married husband and wife. However, in the case of a third party donor, some states have opened up the possibility for the child to be declared illegitimate. Others still consider the child to be, by default, of the married couple. Generally speaking, laws can differ vastly from state to state and currently don't have much consistency.

If you have been involved in conceiving a child through artificial insemination or other methods of artificial conception, you may want to consider contacting an attorney if you haven't already done so. They can help you determine where your legal rights as a parent fall under current laws.

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