Can a known donor renounce his legal obligations as a parent?

Massachusetts’ statute covers the renunciation of legal rights from a donor to married persons (including married same-sex couples); it does not cover donation to unmarried persons.

What if a known donor attempts to enforce his parental rights when the original intent was to be a sperm donor only?

Unknown, but this may be possible given the lack of statute or case law cutting off the rights of a sperm donor.

Does the state allow for second-parent adoption (i.e., for same-sex couples)?


Does the state allow for multiple-parent families (when the child has more than two adults in a parenting role)?

Some courts have permitted recognition of multiple-parent families.

Does the state recognize “de-facto” or “psychological” parentage (of an “acting” parent without a biological connection) or a similar concept?