All states are concerned with the best interest of the child when it comes to child support and sperm donation and the rules and laws have been developed around this to make sure these children are economically supported. Judge Eugene Hyman, retired from the Superior Court of Santa Clara, California, says that in California, if a sperm donor mistakenly pays child support, after two years, he will have to continue until the child is 18 because of the social policy to make sure the child is supported.
In a case in Kansas, where a home-grown transfer was completed after a sperm donor answered a Craiglist ad, Hyman says it was the method of transfer not done in a clinical setting, which doesn't provide the independence that's required in terms of eliminating the legal responsibility of becoming financially responsible for the child.
Before entering into an arrangement, Hyman advises checking the state's statutes and contacting a licensed sperm bank. When doing it person to person, you are giving up the confidentiality that sperm banks guarantee, says Hyman.
Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.