I’ll give you the story in shortest possible way. Man donates sperm to lesbian couple. Lesbian couple has baby. Break up. Single mom applies for welfare because not only does she have her biological child but a number of adopted children. Now, the county is making the sperm donor Dad pony up because otherwise the county has to pay.
The dude signed away all parental rights. But not responsibilities it would seem.
If this county were searching for a way to scare men into not donating sperm in one move, it couldn’t have come up with a better way to do so.
The three signed a legal document which clearly stated that the dude would have no rights to the child, according to The Daily Mail.
On October 3, 2012, attorney Mark McMillan filed a petition on behalf of the Department of Children and Families seeking a ruling that Marotta is the father of Schreiner’s child and owes a duty to support her.
It said the department provided cash assistance totaling $189 for the girl for July through September 2012, and had paid medical expenses totaling nearly $6,000.
Schreiner had allegedly been put under pressure to reveal Mr Marotta’s name so that her daughter could continue to have health care.
The legal agreement that the three made in 2009 was deemed invalid by Kansas state because they did not use a certified doctor for the insemination.
This seems like a pretty specious reason to invalidate the contract but let’s face it, the kid is his. That’s not something you can sign away in reality.
Hey, maybe the father could actually get involved in the kid’s life, not just financially. That’d be a crazy thought, huh? A kid with a mother and a father who both love him? Weird, huh?