Sperm Donor Ordered to Pay Child Support

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  • A Kansas man is fighting against the state for being forced to pay child support after he donated his sperm.

    William Marotta offered his sperm to a lesbian couple in 2009 after responding to their Craigslist ad requesting a donor.

    The two women raising the three-year-old little girl, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner later broke up in 2010 and applied for state services. The Kansas Department for Children and Families demanded that the couple provide the donor’s information or they would withhold health services from their child.  The department later filed a child-support claim against Marotta.

    The former couple is fully backing their donor’s plea to avoid paying child support.

    “This was a wonderful opportunity with a guy with an admirable, giving character who wanted nothing more than to help us have a child,” Bauer said. “I feel like the state of Kansas has made a mess out of the situation.”

    Marotta did not receive payment for his donation but he did sign a written agreement relinquishing his parental rights to Bauer and Schreiner saying he was not responsible “for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private … regardless of the circumstances or said demand.”

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