Court: Donor must pay child support, despite waiving rights

The face of the American family is changing. Many families are being started and grown through adoption, surrogacy or using a sperm donor. Regardless of a biological connection, two people still consider themselves parents and work to build a family. Under these arrangements, biological parents are typically absolved of any financial responsibility to the children because they aren’t legally — or practically — considered parents. However, a recent family law case is creating a stir across the country. A man, who acted as a sperm donor and waived all of his parental rights with a contract, is now being held liable for child support payments by the state of Kansas. Two women, who were in a committed relationship, sought a sperm donor in order to start a family together. They eventually found a private donor, signed a contract and successfully had a child. At a certain point, the two women … Continue reading Court: Donor must pay child support, despite waiving rights

How does stay-at-home parenting fit into property division?

When couples reach the decision to divorce, financial matters might be among the first things each spouse considers. Couples typically accumulate assets together during the course of their marriage and must try to untangle them during the course of divorce. As each spouse tries to figure out his or her post-divorce needs, there may be questions about exactly how to formulate the financial settlement. In cases where both spouses have maintained a steady income while being married, property division matters couple be slightly less complex because each individual can expect to have steady income after divorce. This situation for a stay-at-home parent, however, might be a little different. When a person decides to stay at home to raise children, he or she may also being putting a career on hold. Certainly, some parents are more than willing to do so, but having to resume a career after divorce may be … Continue reading How does stay-at-home parenting fit into property division?