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GAY SPERM DONER TOLD TO PAY CHILD MAINTENANCE FOR HIS TWO CHIDREN
He has had no contact with the family since 2004 but the CSA have asked him to pay maintenance.
A gay man from Essex who donated his sperm to enable a lesbian couple to have two children, but who was never named on their birth certificate and had no role in their upbringing is being forced by the Child Support Agency to pay for their support, 13 years after the child was first born. The gay man who has been with his partner for 16 years (and in a Civil Partnership for the last 5) asked the government to review the law after CSA suddenly demanded that he started paying £26.00 a week for two children he technically fathered over a decade ago.
He has had no contact with the family since 2004 but the CSA have asked him to pay maintenance. He is not named on the birth certificate being assured by the mother at the time he donated sperm that she was financially secure and would not claim maintenance from him.
Beverley Watkins commented that sometimes the law does not move quickly enough to take account of family arrangements that would not have been considered a several years ago.
Beverley Watkins 27th October 2012