A sperm donor has been ordered to pay child support to a Kansas lesbian couple, despite having relinquished his parental rights, according to the Daily Mail.
Donor William Marotta responded to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner’s Craigslist ad for a sperm donor in 2009. The couple, who had reportedly adopted children, stated in the ad they now wanted to be biological parents. In return, Marotta would relinquish all financial and parental rights to their child.
As part of their agreement, Bauer, Schreiner and Marotta signed a document stating Marotta had no legal obligations.
According to the Daily Mail, in October 2012, Bauer’s attorney filed petition on her behalf asking for support for the child. Bauer was reportedly out of work due to an illness and applied for welfare. The court then asked Bauer to reveal the child’s father, after which he was ordered to pay child support.
Bauer and Schreiner are reportedly helping Marotta fight the court’s decision. The pair split in 2010.