Child support can be a contentious topic for men and women. There are many opinions to go around about the fairness of dollar amounts and terms, and what goes into choosing who should pay.
This being said, one recent case seems to stand out from most others you might come across. You might have heard about the situation in Kansas, as detailed in this article from NPR, where – get this – a sperm donor is being pursued for child support. Apparently, this pursuit is straight from a state agency.
Per the article, a guy decided to be a sperm donor after answering an ad on Craigslist. The idea of Craigslist ads for this seems a bit unusual to me, but hey – who am I to judge? Anyway, the couple was actually a same-gender pair of two women, who would be the child’s parents. Apparently, at some point later per the article, one of the women applied for Medicaid. This is where is seems that things went down the path of pursuing the guy for support.
The article notes that there were some technicality in how the insemination was done, where it didn’t meet the standards for having a donor not be responsible for the child. Nevertheless, the guy was of course still a sperm donor.
Ultimately, the state agency is looking to have him be named the father and on the hook for child support. This would naturally end up being a significant percentage of his income.
While I don’t know all the facts in this particular case, it seems to me that in general, its ludicrous to go after a sperm donor for child support. After all, why would a guy take the action in the first place? Maybe for money, maybe to help someone out? I don’t know, but I’m guessing that the idea that one would eventually be on the hook for child support wouldn’t be a part of the equation. If anything, I would think it would deter someone from doing this.
It seems insane to make guys pay in these cases. These are purely donors, not people who in any way intended to be fathers one would think. What kind of rights would they have? Wouldn’t rights and responsibilities go together? Secondarily, if men become entirely scared of the consequences, wouldn’t that also limit opportunities for couples wanting help? Not that this is as important as having donors victimized by paying for a kid they may not have any rights to, but it’s just another thing to think about.
My Questions for You
Do you think that a sperm donor should be liable for child support, or do you think that this is a ludicrous concept?
I’m curious about your thoughts on why or why not.