Originally posted by alfa1
Could be worse.
This guy went to jail for not paying child support, and he's not even the biological father at all.
Rule 1 : Men have no rights, except to pay $$$.
There is a guy in England that fathered around 300 kids and has no responsibility and they won't even know they are related when they meet, if they do.
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
Having read the article, there are a few things that can be stated:
The state and the mother should have no really have no legal ground to stand on to get him to pay.
Changes to the law mean that if Langridge made the donation today in similar circumstances he wouldn't be financially liable for the children, and he has called for the law governing this area to be applied retrospectively. It is thought that there are several other men caught up in the same position.
Originally posted by manykapao
This just gives ammo for people against gay marriage. So now if you get pregnant you can cop out of child support and pin it on a donor, an exception to hetero couples if I ever saw one.
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
reply to post by Pinke
I think it would have a direct bearing on the nature of sperm banks.
Consider this, the only difference between the lady going to a sperm bank and what she did is that she knows the identity of the man who provided the sperm. That is all.
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
reply to post by ollncasino
How did he donate the sperm? Through a sperm donation center overseeing the process or was it Er..manual injection? I bet that makes some kind of difference in the law.
Of course this could be a ploy to further gay and lesbian rights to equal status with married man and woman.
Originally posted by ollncasino
Mark Langridge donated his sperm to a lesbian couple in 1997 and 2000. Now he has received a letter from the Child Support Agency demanding child support payments.
Mark Langridge didn’t want children, but his lesbian friends did – so he agreed to donate his sperm. Now his ‘act of kindness’ has come back to haunt him 13 years later, after he received a letter demanding child support payments.
He was not named on the birth certificates of the two children, and played no role in their upbringing – but the Child Support Agency insists he has to pay £26 a week to support them. ‘I feel as if I am the victim of a state-sponsored blackmail plot ... It was purely an act of kindness on my part and now I am being made to pay.’
In the intervening years the lesbian couple separated, leaving the biological mother with both children. She has since started claiming benefits from the State. He said the biological mother’s former partner continues to live near the former family home and sees the girls at weekends – but is not being chased for child support.
It would appear that due to the biological mother now claiming benefits, the biological father is now being pursued for maintenance benefits to lessen the burden on the state. The biological mother’s former partner is not being pursued for payment.
Apparently the mistake that Mr Langridge made was to not use an official sperm donation centre but rather to make an informal arrangement with the couple.