A fertility clinic omitted to tick the appropriate box declaring that one party to the ivf treatment would be the legal parent to the child resulting in that party having to make an application to the court for a declaration of parentage. This case illustrates how important it is to check all the paperwork with a fine tooth comb!
Re N  EWHC This case concerned Y (the mother) and X (her partner), who conceived a child via IVF, and were subsequently informed by the clinic that X was not the legal parent of the resulting child because of "anomalies" in the clinic's paperwork. In essence, Y had not signed the requisite Form WP, consenting to X being deemed the legal father. The President held that whilst Y did not sign Form WP, it was clear that she had given consent to X becoming the father of her child. He found that X was entitled to the declaration of parenthood. The President criticised the clinic's behaviour following the revelation that X was not the legal father. The clinic in question had declined to meet with X and Y and were tardy in disclosing the relevant records to the court.