This story about a man fighting for his paternity rights in California to be recognized is interesting, and it may be similar to yours. In this case, his now-ex girlfriend claims that he was simply a donor, but he claims they were in a relationship and had to have in-vitro fertilization because they were unable to get pregnant any other way. In 2013, a California court ruled that he was not the child’s natural father because he was only a sperm donor.
According to the story from March 1, Jason Patric, known for his acting roles, reported that his ex-girlfriend has been keeping his son from him. He’s been fighting for custody of the now-4-year-old child for over a year. He claims that the woman has now asked for a gag order to prevent him from talking about their son in public.
According to Patric, he had a good relationship with his son. Patric claims that he’s saying what he can and leaving a public trail to show his son later in life that he did everything he could to get custody and to stay with him. The story is interesting, because the child was conceived through artificial insemination. It says a lot about paternity rights in California, because under U.S. law, the man is only recognized as a donor, not as a co-parent, and he hasn’t been given his parental rights.
According to him, he’s willing to co-parent with his ex-girlfriend, because they had been trying to have a child for three years when they finally had in-vitro fertilization completed. He believes that since it was done only because she couldn’t get pregnant naturally, he should have the right to see and be a parent to his child.
His 41-year-old ex claims that the man had offered his sperm based on her conditions. She claims she told him the donation could never be made public and that he would not be a father to his child. However, it wasn’t until June 2012 that the pair split up, and she began to keep the boy away from his father.
Paternity rights in California can be complex and action in family court may be needed in order to for a father to receive the right to visitation or custody. An experienced family law attorney can provide information to those who are seeking to establish paternity.
Source: Celebrity Baby Scoop, “Jason Patric Continues Fight To See Son” Lisa Estall, Mar. 01, 2014