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Sperm donor asked to pay child support

Florida parents dealing with child support understand the complexities and challenges that can accompany a monthly payment, or lack thereof. Many times, much of the difficulty with child support payments stems from one parent's inability or refusal to pay. A child support order will typically dictate the monthly amount due.

In most cases, the parent of a child can be determined by admission or if necessary, through testing. Some cases are not always as clear cut. Recently, the state of Kansas is attempting to seek child support payments from a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple.

The man claims that he signed his parental rights away to the couple when agreeing to donate. The man stated that he met the couple after responding to an advertisement posted to Craigslist in 2009. After the couple had their daughter, they went on to seek state assistance for their child. The state allegedly would not grant assistance without a father's name. After releasing the man's name, the state filed a petition claiming the man needed to support his daughter and had a duty to pay.

One key element to this case is the fact that the procedure was not performed by a licensed physician. According to the state, this invalidates the sperm donor contract.

While this may be classified as one of the more unusual cases, many parents may have wondered if they are entitled to receive child support payments, or have to pay. Typically, in order to receive payments, a parent must be classified as the "custodial" parent of the child. Legally speaking, this means that the parent has primary physical custody. In addition, legal paternity must be established; in some cases this could require a DNA test.

An attorney can help answer questions regarding child support. While every family situation is different, all children deserve to be raised in a loving home with basic support. Determining and seeking child support can be an important step in providing financial stability.

Source: ABC News, "Kansas Wants Sperm Donor to Pay Child Support," Christina Ng, Jan. 1, 2012

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