Graham Turner for the Guardian A gay man from Essex who donated his sperm to enable a lesbian couple to have two children, but who was never named on their birth certificate and had no role in their upbringing, is being forced by the Child Support Agency to pay for their support — 13 years after the first child was born. He has had no contact with the family since , but the CSA said that he has to either pay up, or take a DNA test to show that he is not their natural father. His story will send shivers down the spine of any man who was asked to donate their sperm by a childless woman in the 90s. Back then it was impossible for women to use official sperm banks unless they had a male partner — something that is no longer the case. Changes to the law mean that if Langridge made the donation today in similar circumstances he wouldn't be financially liable for the children, and he has called for the law governing this area to be applied retrospectively.
Gay sperm donor told to pay child maintenance for 'his' two children
Kansas sperm donor to same-sex couple not liable for child support - BBC News
Sperm donor liable for child support That was when Marotta noticed an advertisement from the Topeka couple, seeking donated sperm. One of the women gave birth to a daughter in December , according to court documents. Or so he thought. That changed when the parents separated and one of the women stopped working because of illness and applied to the state for help, he said.
Kansas court says sperm donor must pay child support
But the sweeping bill also made many changes to strengthen and update family law for the age of reproductive technologies. Before it was passed, critics raised several issues with the bill, many of which were addressed by amendments to the legislation that legal experts explained to the National Post: The bill was amended so that only fathers of offspring born of sexual intercourse — which requires consent — are covered.
Whether families cannot have children for health reasons or they are part of a same sex marriage, or whatever the reason, sperm donors are needed to help families have children when they cannot. Recently, in a case where two women wanted to have a baby together, they requested a sperm donor on a craigslist ad. Then, when the women separated later, the State wanted the sperm donor Marotta to pay child support. What People Are Saying About it Overall, it appears that most, if not all, people are agreeing with the judges decision. Here are a few of the responses: