Legal Drawbacks of Sperm Donation

If you have to have a sperm donor in order to have children, it would be nice to know who the father of your children is, wouldn’t it?  Unfortunately, with the world we live in today, this is a slippery slope.  This man, who is helping you to have a child, could easily get caught up in the national witchhunt that we like to call child support enforcement.

We all like to think that as a nation we look out for our own, and we do, but not everyone is looked out for equally.  Fathers are one of the underclasses.  Actually, any non-custodial parent falls into this category, but fathers fall into this category more often than not, especially in the case of an unmarried couple. 

There would have to be some sort of legal protection for the sperm donor so that he could not be named as the father in case the need for child support were to arise.  Otherwise, it would be far too easy for him to be sued for child support.  As the biological father, he would be unable to get out of it easily, and doing someone else a favor could turn out to be very costly for him.

Unfortunately, when it comes to supporting our children, we tend to adopt a mob mentality.  Anyone who doesn’t pay child support for any reason is a deadbeat.  Sperm donors fall into this category as well.  It’s not fair, but it’s the way things are.  If he does not have legal protection in place, he could lose about 20% of his income until the child turns 18, and if he doesn’t pay, he could lose far more than that, up to and including losing his passport, driver’s license, professional licenses, and may even have to face time in jail.

It is best for sperm donations to remain anonymous unless the child support laws are changed to protect them.  Otherwise, a simple donation could cost them thousands of dollars in the long run.  Nobody wants that.  These men are helping infertile couples, single women, and even same sex couples, and should not be on the hook for 18 years for doing that.  Until the laws are made clear enough for them to remain exempt, they need to keep their identities secret for their own protection.