The Guardian has reported the case of NGA client Mark Langridge, a sperm donor pursued for maintenance payments:
“Natalie Gamble, founder of Natalie Gamble Associates, the UK’s foremost experts on fertility law, says the law in this area changed a few years ago.
“Had the donation taken place after April 2009, or through a clinic, the law would have viewed his responsibility very differently. In that case he would not be deemed the father, provided the consenting couple to which he was making the donation were in a civil partnership, or his donation to the couple was through a licensed clinic. The fact that it was made on a private basis before that date means the law is very clear. He is considered the father.”
Her company represented the last high-profile case in this area – fireman Andy Bathie. His case, which came to light in 2007, was almost identical to Langridge’s. His donation had enabled another lesbian couple to have children.”
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