William Marotta responded to an ad placed on Craigslist in 2009 asking for a sperm donor for Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner. The two female partners ended up having a baby girl out of the donation. But when the couple split up and went to the state for financial aide, the state wanted to know who the child’s father was.
Workers at the Kansas Department for Children and Families demanded the donor’s name and then filed a child-support claim against him, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The state is demanding money from Marotta because the insemination wasn’t performed by a licensed physician, making the contract was null and void.
The couple has gone on record saying that they do not expect Marotta to pay child support and that the state of Kansas has made a mess out of the situation. “This was a wonderful opportunity with a guy with an admirable, giving character who wanted nothing more than to help us have a child,” the Capital Journal quoted Bauer, 40, as saying. “I feel like the state of Kansas has made a mess out of the situation.”
Bauer and Schreiner, entered into an agreement with Marotta that did not include any payment for his sperm donation. He also signed a written agreement that relinquished all parental rights and held him harmless “for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private … regardless of the circumstances or said demand,” it said.
The couple’s now has a 3-year-old stuck in the middle of a battle with the state. A hearing for the case has been set for Jan. 8 in Shawnee County District Court.
Do you feel as though the state of Kansas should go after the father for child support even though there was a written agreement, or do you feel as though the state should provide for the child?
Featured image of Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner from Topeka Capital Journal.
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