William Marotta thought he was doing a good deed — a great one, in fact — in presenting to two women the opportunity to have a child of their own.
But his well-intended decision to become a sperm donor for the couple has resulted in a legal, financial and emotional nightmare, as he finds himself in a high-stakes battle over what his attorney contends is a dangerous and misguided technicality.
The Kansas Department of Children and Families issued the surprising order that Marotta provide child support for the now 3-year-old girl, after one of her parents became unable to work due to what she describes as “a significant illness,” according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. He is now challenging that decision in court.
“I can’t even believe it’s gone this far at this point, and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it,” he told the paper.
Marotta responded to a Craigslist ad in 2009 posted by Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner that they were seeking a sperm donor. The parties signed paperwork at the time which absolved Marotta of any financial obligations or parental responsibilities. So that should have been the end of it.