Terms & Conditions

Thank you for visiting Co-ParentMatch.com (the “Website”) and Co-Parent (the “Mobile Application”). The Website and Mobile Application are owned and operated by Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd (a UK registered company). Business Address: Advantage Business Centre, 132-134 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 6DE, United Kingdom. The purpose of the Website and Mobile Application are to help singles and/or couples become parents by helping people find a co-parent, sperm donor or sperm recipient.

We do not carry out background checks on members or screen members for their health or fertility. We rely solely on the accuracy of member submitted information. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd strongly recommend that members take every precaution to assess any user whom they are corresponding with. The Website and Mobile Application try to maintain the integrity and accuracy of any information provided in terms of guidance and user submitted information however we can make no guarantees as to its accuracy. Users are solely responsible for the legal accuracy of the material they provide and are in turn liable for false information. 

The Website and Mobile Application does not offer legal advice about sperm donation and co-parenting and any related legal rights. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd disclaims all liability for members and unauthorized users. By accessing the Website and Mobile Application and our contents you agree to the following terms and conditions (the “Terms of Use.”) and all applicable laws. If you do not agree with the Terms of Use, you may not use the Website or Mobile Application. You agree to Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd periodically modifying these Terms of Use.

1) Agreement to the End User License Agreement (EULA)

Users of the Mobile Application agree to the End User License Agreement (EULA) i.e. the Terms of Use for the Mobile Application.

2) Objectionable Content

The Website and Mobile Application will in no way accept objectionable or crude content. Members who add this type of material will be rejected immediately.

2 a) As a member of The Website and Mobile Application you are not permitted to advertise for natural insemination. We recommend artificial insemination through a clinic as the safest method of getting pregnant with donor sperm. Home insemination kits are also available for members who choose this method. Home insemination carries a risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection and can enable the donor to gain legal rights as the father.

3) Intellectual Property

This is to acknowledge that all images downloaded and used on this site have been legally purchased through authorised means from official photographic sites. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd has purchased these images through authorised means and holds an appropriate licence to the purchasing of such images in the use of its website. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd stipulates that such images are copyright of these official sites and shall not be used, or copied in any form for other use outside of this site. If any users are found to be breaching this copyright Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will report this activity to the associated licensing site and the user will be immediately removed from the website.

Please note that Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd does not allow personal email addresses to be added in your personal profile section. You can be contacted through our messaging service. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd stipulate that any photographs that are uploaded under your personal profile area do not breach copyright laws and that uploaded photographs are your own original prints, and have not been downloaded from an alternative source/website.

Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd co-operate fully with all relevant law enforcement and regulatory governing bodies such as the HFEA as well as third party agents, every effort is made to preserve members privacy and keep your data from being passed on to third parties. We may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with judicial proceedings, a court order or legal process served on our website. We may allow access to your personal data by third parties who supply us with a service - for the purpose of their service only. We may disclose personal data so far as reasonably necessary whereby we feel a breach in our intellectual property rights and infringements have taken place, investigations of fraud and any others matters pertaining to or in connection with abuse of the site.

4) Use of The Website and Mobile Application

4 a) As a member of The Website and Mobile Application you agree to conduct yourself in an appropriate and lawful manner when corresponding with other members and carrying out donation procedures. Objectionable, crude, aggressive, obscene, forceful or illegal behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in members being removed from the site and where applicable reported to the appropriate bodies.

4 b) Users are not permitted to request money for sperm donations. Where agreed it is acceptable for a donor and recipient to arrange the reimbursement for travel expenses. Members found to be contravening this term will be removed from the site and reported to the appropriate bodies.

4 c) You must be at least 18 years of age to use this site. Children are not permitted to use our services, if you are a minor we ask that you do not submit any personal information to us. We ask that if any members are approached by a suspected minor that this is reported to the site moderators immediately. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will not be held liable for any repercussion resulting from members breaching these Terms of Use.

4 d) Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will not be held responsible for any repercussions resulting from posting or responding to an advert on this site. The Website and Mobile Application reserves the right to reject any advert if it is deemed to be inappropriate or be used for malicious purposes other than what the website is intended for. Members should place accurate personal information within their profile as to present a genuine reflection of themselves.

4 e) Co-ParentMatch.com reserves the right to increase or decrease the membership fee. Please note upon agreeing to a subscription method of payment through PayPal for a premium membership package payments will automatically be taken from your account, until such time as you unsubscribe through PayPal. It is the member’s responsibility to unsubscribe from PayPal to ensure that no further payments are taken. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will not be held liable for any repercussions that arise from this as a result of the member not cancelling their subscriptions through PayPal. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd is entitled to terminate your membership at any time for misuse of its Terms of Use.

5) Payments

Payments for the Mobile Application are through Apples in App Purchasing System.

You can find information about payments on the Website in the How it Works section, the FAQ's, your account Payments page, your Billing page and in your paypal agreement. PayPal also issue an email before each subscription is taken detailing how to cancel. Paypal will automatically renew your subscription and deduct payments if you do not cancel your existing subscription.

By setting up a subscription you authorise paypal to auto renew your subscription. You can stop your auto renewal at any time to prevent future billing. You can contact us at any time to request billing cancellation.

How do I stop my subscription or delete my account?

It is the user’s responsibility to cancel their own subscription to prevent any further payments being taken.

To cancel your own subscription or recurring payment:

Log in to your PayPal account.

Click Profile near the top of the page.

Select My money. In the 'My pre-approved payments' section, click Update.

Select the merchant whose agreement you want to cancel and click Cancel.

Click Cancel Profile to confirm your request.

6) Refunds

Refunds for membership fees on the Website and Mobile Application will be offered at the discretion of Pinewoods Enterprises ltd. Payments will only be applicable for the current subscription plan - we cannot therefore offer refunds for payments made for previous subscriptions. No refund will be given for any unused subscription period. No refund will be given if your profile is terminated due to violation of the Terms of Use.

7) Account De-Activation

Members may delete their own profile by logging into the edit profile section and selecting the delete option at the bottom of the page. If you are a paid member you must unsubscribe through PayPal to ensure no further payments are taken. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd reserves the right to de-activate any account.

8) Legal Facts for Users

Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd offers a comprehensive Legal Facts section which we recommend all users read before you begin your search for a match. The Legal Facts section is solely for information purposes and does not act as legal advice. In summary, if you are thinking of becoming a sperm donor and you wish to conceive outside of a fertility clinic then it is very likely that you will become the child’s legal parent with all of the associated rights and responsibilities that come with this. In accepting these terms you acknowledge that by conceiving outside of a fertility clinic you will become the child’s legal parent. Legal facts for donors and recipients vary greatly depending on individual circumstance. All members agreeing to these terms acknowledge that Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd does not accept any liability for pregnancy or births that occur as a result of its matching service.

8 a) Disputes

If you have a dispute with a user of the Website or Mobile Application, Pinewoods Enterprises will not be responsible for any claims, legal or otherwise, arising out of the dispute. 8 b) Indemnification You agree to indemnify and hold Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd harmless from any claim or damages (including any legal fees in relation to same) made by a third party in respect of any matter in relation to or arising from your membership and or purchases arising from any breach or suspected breach of these Membership Terms of Use by users violation of any law or the rights of any third party.

9) Donor Insemination

There are several ways in which donor insemination can take place ranging from Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), Intra Vitro Fertilization (IVF), vaginal insemination and sexual intercourse - depending on the process you choose these procedures will be carried out within a clinic. The most important advice that should be considered first in donor insemination is that appropriate health screening tests have been carried out to establish that the co-parent /donor is in good health before undertaking this process.

IUI and IVF will require a referral from your GP and a considerable health testing process for the donor and recipient. If you decide to use a donor outside of a regulated fertility clinic we recommend you ensure your donor provides you with authentic proof of identification and up-to-date health screening results including STIs and genetic testing such as chromosome analysis, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease.

Tests can also be carried out through your GP that will look at family health history such as diabetes, high cholesterol and history of depression. If your donor refuses to provide you with such documents we recommend you do not pursue your agreement with this individual.

Donors should carry out all relevant health screening so to be sure not to put yourself at risk. Upon request donors must agree to provide the recipient with authentic health screening results. Upon request you agree to undertake rigorous health screening checks with your potential match before entering into an agreement.

Testing for general sexual health and HIV can be carried out free at your local Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic or seek advice through your GP or nearest fertility clinic on what tests to undertake. We have listed some tests that we would recommend you consider and would also suggest that you undertake professional advice from your local GP /health clinic on additional tests that may be required as part of the screening process:

HIV Antibody (AIDS test)

Chlamydia

Gonorrhoea

Syphilis

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

A HIV test may not prove positive until three months after infection therefore following an initial test you may choose to have another test further down the line to identify whether your match has put themselves at risk within this time.

By choosing to take the fertility clinic route you will ensure that all relevant health screening and fertility testing is done vigorously for both donor and recipient. Pursuing this option will of course have implications for the donor with regards to parental rights.

By choosing a licensed clinic the donor will have no legal obligation to the child and will not be named as the legal parent on the birth certificate. Sperm donated outside of a licensed clinic would result in the donor becoming the child’s legal father thus giving them all rights and responsibilities that it would involve.

Donors on The Website and Mobile Application must agree to only donate with the recipients up to a maximum of 10 successful pregnancies; donors must not exceed this as it will be deemed as irresponsible resulting in donors being removed from this site.

We highly recommend that you consult with your doctor regarding any pre insemination screening tests and that you discuss/obtain information relating to health screening tests for yourself and/or the recipient prior to undertaking home insemination. When carrying out home insemination please ensure that you either gain medical advice from a professional or you clearly follow any health & safety guidelines regarding this procedure. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will not be held liable for any health or medical complications that may occur.

By accepting these terms you acknowledge that you have responsibility to ensure full health and fertility testing will be undertaken for both donor and recipient.

10) Surrogacy

Surrogacy is not permitted to be advertised - The Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 forbids any form of advertising within the UK. If members are wishing to seek such advertisements from overseas through this website we would recommend you seek /contact a lawyer before any form of correspondence / arrangements are agreed to. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will not be held responsible or accountable for any such actions that arise from surrogacy arrangements.

Whilst surrogacy is not illegal to undertake within the United Kingdom, you are able to receive reasonable expenses, no professional or commercial fees can be paid out in relation to surrogacy law. Under the terms of the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985, strict guidelines need to be followed in relation to surrogacy, within the United Kingdom it is a criminal offence to advertise for a surrogate mother, for a surrogate to advertise themselves, or to state that you require payment of fees that are above and beyond what is classed as reasonable expenses. Any members found to be advertising or breaching this legislation will be immediately removed from the website resulting in all future memberships being revoked due to contravening our terms and conditions and breach of legislation.

11) Personal Information

Should you wish to give out any personal contact details to your potential match you do so at your own discretion however personal contact information is not permitted to be advertised within the personal profile section.

Personal contact information is only allowed to be shared within the internal messaging system only. Should members be found to be breaching these Terms and Conditions the moderators will inform the member of such, whereby continuation to breach these Terms and Conditions will resulting the members profile being deleted without notice.

The Website and Mobile Application uses the internal messaging system to ensure that members have a safe online email system to communicate/network together. Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd will not be held accountable should any consequences arise from this as a result of the member not using the internal messaging system.

Pinewoods Enterprises Ltd recommends that our members be vigilant to scammers that may falsely advertise on this site for their own purposes. Members are not permitted to solicit products or websites using the internal messaging system. Members are also advised not to send money to other members, or make monetary agreements between other members. Please notify us immediately if you feel that you have been inappropriately approached. Any such adverts will be removed immediately from this site and may be reported to the relevant governing body.

Site news and notices are added by our members and staff and whilst we take every care to ensure that news is original and non-offensive, we cannot be held liable for any articles published by members. Members found to be breaching our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in relation to intellectual copyright infringements will be reported and removed from the site with immediate effect with legal proceedings being instigated.

12) Complaints

If you have a complaint to make regarding this site please email us. All complaints will be responded to.

13) Advertising

Anyone wishing to advertise their business on this site should email us first to obtain permission, contact: info@co-parentmatch.com.

14) Recommendations

If you have any recommendations to improve this website please contact us at: info@co-parentmatch.com - any suggestions are welcome.