So a man willingly goes and donates sperm for free to a couple so they can achieve their dream of being parents. Years later the state where the child now lives is trying to say the man has to pay child support even though he signed papers giving up all contact with the child and exempting himself from any paternal rights. Seem reasonable? To me it does not but it is happening in the state of Kansas.
One of the parents had fallen on hard times and had to file for state assistance. So because of this the state is going after the sperm donor trying to get child support from him.
Now, normally I would say the father certainly should be paying. But in this case, the man was doing this willingly and had an agreement to have no responsibility for the child. It’s not like he went out and acted irresponsibly resulting in a child being conceived. That would be a totally different story.
This, unfortunately, is a case of someone doing something out of the kindness of their heart and now possibly suffering negative consequences for doing so. And then we wonder why so many people look the other way when they have the opportunity to do something kind for another person. Even when the receiving person is grateful and not trying to take advantage of the kindness shown to them, there is still the danger that an act of kindness turns out for the worst.
I hope in the end the state drops their effort to get child support. If they don’t does that mean they will soon be going after birth parents of children who have been legally adopted by another family? One has to wonder how seriously they considered this action to start with.