I have to say that I first read about this while perusing one of my GUILTIEST of guilty pleasures sandrarose.com. I wanted to actually discuss the post when I saw it on there but I a) refuse to request a logon b) am not saved enough to have conversations with some folks just yet. Anyway here is the long and short of it (no pun intended really)…
Back in March of 2009, William Marotta responded to an ad Angela Bauer and now former partner, Jennifer Schreiner placed on Craigslist looking for a sperm donor. A few mouse clicks and a handshake later, Schreiner was inseminated with Marotta’s sperm. At the time Marotta relinquished all of his rights and responsibilities for the child.
I am so glad you got passed the Craigslist part and kept reading! Kudos to you!
Now fast forward three years later… Due to a health issue, Bauer has been unable to work as of March 2012. Schriener went to the state to get health insurance for their child. It was there that DCF requested the name of the father/sperm donor and Schreiner
caved told them about Marotta.
Now here is where it gets interesting … more interesting…
From CJ Online:
Angela de Rocha, spokeswoman for the DCF, said Monday the department is proceeding with the case the way state law requires.
She said: “Speaking generally, all individuals who apply for taxpayer-funded benefits through DCF are asked to cooperate with child support enforcement efforts. If a sperm donor makes his ‘contribution’ through a licensed physician and a child is conceived, the donor is held harmless under state statue. In cases where the parties do not go through a physician or a clinic, there remains the question of who actually is the father of a child or children. DCF is required by statute to establish paternity and then pursue child support from the noncustodial parent.”
Now I don’t know how I feel about this case at all. I don’t know if it is the Craigslist part…. or the fact that they co-parent 8 other damn children together (the youngest being 3 months old)… or that she literally sold old boy out? There are so many levels of foolishness that I don’t know where to start. And better yet, now what? Is he really going to be responsible for child support? Could he file for guardianship of the child now?