Usually sperm donors are protected by law when it comes to having to take parental responsibility. However, this is not the case for one Kansas man. William Marotta, is being forced by the Kansas Department for Children and Families to pay child support through a child support claim they filed against him.
According to Black Media Scoop, Marotta donated sperm to a lesbian couple a few years back which produced a now three year old daughter. The reason Marotta is being slammed with child support claims today is because the lesbian couple split up in 2010, and afterwards filed for government assistance to help care for their daughter from Marotta. After the couple filed for assistance, the state required them to provide the name of the child’s father, threatening that she wouldn’t receive health coverage if they didn’t.
He and the lesbian couple made their arrangement outside a sperm bank. Marotta answered their ad on Craigslist back in 2009 and he and the couple made a written agreement that he would not be held responsible in any way for the child. Unfortunately, since the exchange didn’t take place under a licensed doctor or facility, their contract is considered null and void.
The former couple stated that they will support Marotta in whatever he decides to do regarding his case.
Does the state have a right to interfere with this situation when neither party initiated the action?