In a case that has caught the eye of many California fathers’ rights advocates, actor Jason Patric is now subject to a restraining order that was granted to the mother of his 3-year-old son. The actor and star of such movies as “Speed 2: Cruise Control” had donated his sperm so that his then-girlfriend could become pregnant. Because of his status as a sperm donor, he does not legally have paternity rights and had to fight for joint custody when the couple broke up. However, his motion was denied and he is appealing that decision.
The restraining order now keeps him from having any contact with her. He has been attempting to reach her through emails, texts and letters to her attorney so that he can see his son. He also sent her information on how an absentee father affects a son. She felt that he was harassing her with unsolicited communication, so a judge ordered him to cease and desist.
Several of Patrick’s actor friends are donating funds to his fight for equal access to his son. In August, he told a television interviewer that he was ready to have a child when the baby was conceived through in vitro fertilization. He said he was very involved in his son’s life, but his relationship with the child’s mother deteriorated. Even so, he always intended to continue his parenting of their son and said that he wants to provide the stability that a father brings to a child.
The parental rights of a sperm donor vary from state to state and are often addressed in an agreement between the parties. A family law attorney may be able to provide a client with guidance on this emerging area of the law.
Source: WTVA , “Jason Patric’s ex-girlfriend granted restraining order against him“, November 30, 2013