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What responsibilities do sperm donors have to 'their' children?

As in vitro fertilization becomes more popular in Marietta, there are an increasing number of children born to women who have used donated sperm. Whether it is because the mother is single or because she and her husband are having difficulty conceiving, Georgia sperm donors may want to know what their responsibilities are after they have donated.

For anyone who is concerned that he may be subjected to child support payments after he has donated, it is important to speak with a Georgia child support attorney. An attorney can help explain Georgia laws and deal with any requests for child support for a child that a donor may not have even known existed.

There is at least some clarification surrounding a sperm donor's responsibility after an appeals court decided that a mother couldn't collect child support from her donor. This out-of-state support battle started four years ago when the mother first contacted the biological father of her children and asked for help.

Although the man was technically the twins' father because he had donated sperm which the mother later used, he had no relationship with the woman at the time of conception. Initially, a lower court determined that the man owed the woman child support, as he was the biological father, listed as the father on the birth certificates and had signed a certificate of paternity.

The appeals court, however, eventually reversed the decision. It wrote that the paternity law allows protects mothers who use donated sperm from a father who may try to later file a paternity action and that the law also protected men from mothers who would later ask for child support.

As this story shows, child support can often be a difficult territory, making it important to work with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, "California court says Texas sperm donor owes no child support," April 12, 2012

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