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Man sued for child support after donating sperm

A recent story regarding child support and the law may interest New Jersey readers. The story comes out of Kansas and involves a man who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple. Although the man and couple signed an agreement that he would not have any obligations to the child, the agreement was found to be legally flawed. Now the state of Kansas says the sperm donor has to pay child support.

The women, who have eight children, broke up in 2010. The Kansas man fathered a daughter for them who is now 3 years old. The child support issue started when one of the women became ill, filing for state health insurance for the daughter. The state's Department of Children and Families told the woman that she has to disclose the child's father if she wanted to get insurance coverage. Now the state, not the women, is suing him for child support.

The man is currently married and cares for several foster children, according to a news report. He doesn't blame the couple for the lawsuit, but is worried about what would happen to his finances if he was forced to pay support. In order to defend himself against the state, he will pay about 10 percent of his income.

A court hearing this month will discuss a dismissal of the case. The court ruling is important, because it will have implications for future scenarios where a man may want to donate sperm. The ruling will not only impact future proceedings in Kansas, but will serve as an example for courts all across the country.

Source: New Jersey Newsroom, "Sperm Donor Sued for Child Support," Pam Lobley, Jan. 3, 2013

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