A professional bodybuilder and former police officer from North Texas has won his child support case on appeal. The man was sued for child support payments after he donated sperm to a friend.
Several years ago the man agreed to donate his sperm to a California sperm bank to help a friend wanting to have children. According to the man, he only agreed to be a sperm donor, and never agreed to financially support the children or be involved in their lives as a parent.
The woman gave birth to triplets, but one of the babies died shortly after birth. The mother then filed suit asking for child support for her two children.
“I kind of feel betrayed in a way. I thought we were the type of friends that once you have an agreement you can always work something out,” the man explained. Since 2008 he has been required to make child support payments, as much as $5,000 each month.
This month a California appeals court ruled he will no longer have to continue making those payments.
Generally when a child is born through assisted reproduction, unmarried individuals only acting as donors through clinics are not considered parents. In both California and Texas, sperm donors usually are not granted parental rights, or required to make child support payments.
The man is now married with children of his own. He said he still thinks sperm donation “serves a good purpose,” but that he will never donate again.
Source: KDFW Fox Dallas-Fort Worth, Court: Sperm Donor Doesn’t Owe Child Support, Fil Alvarado, 10 April 2012