A man who gave his sperm to a woman when they were dating has agreed to pay limited child support. Michael Wilford and Christine Harris reached the settlement two years after she filed a lawsuit against him requesting child support for her twin daughters.
According to Harris, she and Wilford had been in a loving relationship when they had talked about having children and he agreed to donate his sperm so she could become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. Wilford, however, claims that he and Harris were just dating at the time and that he donated his sperm to help her fulfill her dream to have children. He also says that he was duped into signing documents establishing paternity.
The Chicago businessman will help pay for the 3-year-old girls’ “reasonable and necessary” living expenses, including medical bills and their anticipated college tuition.
In the state of California, if a man is established as a child’s legal parent, he must financially support the child. It is considered a crime to not pay child support in California.
Nolo.com talks about how an “acknowledged” father who was never married to a child’s mother must pay child support:
When a mother is not married, however, there can sometimes be confusion about who the child’s legal father is for purposes of support. An “acknowledged father” is any biological father of a child born to unmarried parents for whom paternity has been established by either the admission of the father or the agreement of the parents. Acknowledged fathers are required to pay child support. Additionally, a man who never married the child’s mother may be presumed to be the father if he welcomes the child into his home and openly holds the child out as his own.
In addition to child support, there are other benefits for a child with established parentage:
· Life insurance or medical insurance from a parent.
· Having both parents’ names on the birth certificate.
· Family medical history.
· Knowing both parents’ identity.
· Legal evidence of parentage.
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Settlement reached in lawsuit over child support from sperm donor, ABC7Chicago.com, January 29, 2007.
Who Must Pay Child Support FAQ, Nolo.com
Related Web Resources:
Child Support Network
California Department of Child Support Services