A man who responded to an online ad for sperm and now faces thousands of dollars in child support is living proof of the dangers of donating outside of a sperm bank. With reproductive technology advancing more quickly than the law that governs it, donors who go through less-than-official channels can find themselves in a gray area when it comes to child support.
People are using sperm donors and egg donors and surrogates more and more, and the law really hasn't caught up just yet," she said. Marotta had a contract absolving him of parental responsibility and says he has no contact with the child, but because he donated his sperm outside of a d institution, the state has gotten involved.
Marotta replied to a Craigslist ad in from a local couple who said they wanted to find a sperm donor. After discussing it with his wife, Marotta volunteered, turning down the cash Jennifer Schreiner and her partner, Angela Bauer, were offering in exchange.
Marotta ed a written agreement that relinquished him of parental rights and held him harmless "for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private Schreiner became pregnant with the sperm, and she and Bauer -- who are not married because Kansas does not recognize same-sex unions -- co-parented the baby girl. Child support only came up when the two women broke off their relationship, one of them got sick, and they applied for state services for the girl.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families demanded they tell them the donor's name, which Schreiner and Bauer eventually gave, reluctantly. But according to the Kansas Department of Children and Families, it's exactly what they ed up for when Marotta artificially inseminated Schreiner in her house.
Ben Swinnen, whose Topeka firm will represent Marotta at his Jan. The issue is way beyond him and the cost is way beyond his means. It goes much further than his particular case and it costs much more than he can afford," Swinnen said. Swinnen said his client doesn't have any contact with the daughter who was born.
As for the contract Marotta ed at the time of his donation, Swinnen said, "It appears to me like it was found on the Internet by the two women, but I cannot confirm that. It's just my assumption," he said.
Sperm banks typically protect donors through state parenting shield laws, but less straightforward cases have arisen in the past:. Swinnen admits his client should have thought through his decision a bit more before proceeding.
He could have consulted a lawyer, explored the legal implications," he said. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.
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