Sperm Donor Not Required to Pay Child Support After Mother Discontinues Efforts

Sperm Donor Not Required to Pay Child Support After Mother Discontinues Efforts

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A Cook County judge on Wednesday dismissed a woman’s bid to collect child support from her contracted sperm donor, after she declined to proceed with the necessary investigation to determine whether her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization, or during the few overlapping months when the two were intimately involved.

Circuit Judge James L. Kaplan dismissed Karina Dahlen’s case against Dzmitry Slizhou after Dahlen said she could not afford, and did not want to retain an expert, to determine the manner in which her and Slizhou’s twin girls were conceived.  The judge determined that the information was necessary to her claim for support, because Dahlen’s children would be entitled to receive support from their biological father if they were conceived through natural means.  If she had decided to continue in her pursuit for support from Slizhou, Dahlen’s case might have presented an issue of first impression as no published case law in Illinois has directly discussed the validity of sperm-donation agreements.

To read the full and unedited article from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, please click here.

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