Target: Kansas Judicial System
Goal: Don’t force sperm donor to pay child support
William Marotta, a 46-year-old man who donated his sperm nearly three years ago was recently demanded to pay child support by the State of Kansas. The Kansas government issued a petition aimed to declare Marotta the father of the three-year-old child born to lesbian couple Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer. By legally stating that Marotta is the biological father, Marotta will be deemed a responsible parent of the child and thus, required to pay child support. When Marotta donated his sperm to the couple, he did not go through the correct legal process, which makes him an easy target for the state. Although Marotta may not have given his sperm legally, he should not be liable to pay child support because he essentially has no involvement in the child’s life.
Schreiner and Bauer acquired Marotta’s sperm after answering his Craiglist posting. They contractually agreed on paper that Marotta would not be considered the father and thus, would not be liable for child support. However, under Kansas law, sperm donors are supposed to donate their semen through a licensed physician and both parties agree that the donor is not legally responsible for the child. Now the couple is going through a rough patch and cannot support their daughter on their own, prompting Kansas State to target Marotta for support. According to Kansas law, whenever someone asks for state benefits, he/she must provide information on the father of the child, and when Marotta was mentioned, the state went after him.
Marotta and the couple should have done this exchange legally. But at the same time, he cannot be held responsible for child support because they had a contractual agreement that he would have no part in the child’s life. Marotta is simply an easy target for the system that does not want to give out child support. He cannot be held responsible for the child since he was never the intended parent. By forcing him to pay child support, the state may discourage future sperm donors.
Do not force Marotta to pay child support because he is the sperm donor, not the father.
Dear Kansas Judicial System,
It is completely unfair to ask sperm donor Willaim Marotta to pay child support. Marotta donated his sperm to a lesbian couple three years ago and has never been a part of the child’s life. He is not responsible for the child now and should not be forced to pay child support.
The couple asked for the government support because they needed help, not because they wanted the state to target the man that gave them their child. Although the couple and Marotta did not follow Kansas State protocol by using a licensed physician, he should still not be responsible for the child because they had a written agreement that he would not be liable for child support.
Do not force Marotta to pay child support.
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