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Prof. Joanna Grossman: Why a Craigslist Sperm Donor Owes Child Support

By Joanna L. Grossman

January 27, 2014 Justia – While presumably some people who buy things on Craigslist (or similar Internet sites) are disappointed because they got less than they bargained for, William Marotta might lodge the opposite complaint.  He answered an ad posted by two lesbian women who were looking for a sperm donor.  Although the three adults signed agreements making clear that Marotta’s role was to cease after he donated the sperm, the state of Kansas claims that he is the father of the child that was conceived with his sperm.  And the state has just won the first round in the litigation (which Marotta has said he will appeal).  In Kansas v. W.M., a trial court ruled that the agreements between Marotta and the two women are not enforceable, and that he is liable for child support dating back to the child’s birth.

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