A sperm donor is on the hook for child support after a court in Kansas ruled against him. Apparently, William Marotta donated sperm to a lesbian couple so that they could have a child. The couple fell into financial problems and they are trying to get money out of him now.
Suddenly, anyone who has ever donated sperm to try to help out another family could be at risk if this ruling stands up. The court sought to have Marotta declared the father of the child and financially responsible, despite the fact that he had already signed a written agreement that he would not be liable for child support.
There is still a chance that the court could dismiss the claim when it hears an appeal on January 8, but this story has already garnered a lot of national attention. This case risks putting every sperm donor on notice that they could be sued for child support, even if they have already signed away any rights or responsibilities.
Currently, Kansas is trying to acquire a lot of child support from Marotta, including $6,000 in medical expenses that were related to the child being born three years ago. It seems that William Marotta may now have to pay the price for volunteering to be a donor for a couple that otherwise wouldn't have been able to have a child.
What are your feelings about this case? Should Marotta have to pay even one cent toward the child?