In many cases, child support is ordered by the courts in order to provide your child with a better life. The extra funding is meant to make up for not having a two-income household, and over time, your child’s needs may change, leading to changes in child support options in California. If you’ve been watching the news about a lesbian couple who used a sperm donor, you might have seen this child support case head to the courts. The news from Jan. 22 reports that the court has finally ruled on the case where a man was accused of not paying child support, even though he was only a donor who was not ever expected to be part of the child’s life.
According to the news, the Kansas Department of Children and Families has argued that the man who donated sperm to a same-sex couple without a licensed physician to complete the artificial insemination should be paying child support for his daughter. The child is now 4. The argument in this case rests simply on the law from 1973 that states that a licensed physician must be used during artificial insemination.
Because his case falls under the law, the courts have found that he should be responsible for the child with all the regular rights and responsibilities any parent would have. According to the story, the man’s attorney has said that if he wants to appeal, he will do so, because the man was never intended to be any more than a donor. Because of this fact, he doesn’t believe he should have to pay child support to the family. The man had even allegedly signed a waiver of his rights as a parent.
Source: CJ Online, “Court: Marotta is a father, not merely a sperm donor” Steve Fry, Jan. 22, 2014