Cordell & Cordell Partner Dorothy Ripka appeared on WBAP Dallas radio to discuss the State of Kansas suing a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple for child support.
William Marotta answered an online ad in 2009 from a lesbian couple who were seeking a sperm donor.
According to media reports, Marotta and the women signed an agreement waiving his parental rights, but the state argues that because Marotta didn’t go through a clinic or doctor as required by state law then he can be held responsible for back child support as well as future financial responsibilities.
Ms. Ripka commented on the unique situation with host Brian Estridge and offered tips on how men can protect themselves from a potential lifetime of liability for a child they thought they relinquished rights to.
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that judges may not discriminate against the religion of a parent during a child custody case, but they may consider how religiously motivated conduct can affect the child, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
The case at the heart of this debate involved a father who is Muslim and a mother who is a Jehovah’s Witness. The judge in the case was thrust in the middle of a battle between the balance of freedom of religion and what was deemed the best interest of the child.
According to the New York Times, child-custody battles involving religious issues are on the rise. This increase could be due to the fact that religion is historically a contentious issues, but there may be more behind it.
“Part of that is there has been an increase of conflicts between parents across the board, and with parents looking for reasons to justify their own actions,” a family lawyer in Kansas told the news source.
Many judges avoid taking on custody cases based solely on religious disputes, because they don’t feel comfortable ruling in favor of one religion or another, states the Times.
Cordell & Cordell, a nationally recognized family law firm focusing on men facing domestic relations issues, has announced today that Managing Partner Scott Trout was named Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas.
Trout was also named Super Lawyer in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
In addition, Bryan Abercrombie, Kelly Burris and Sarah Darnell were named Texas Rising Stars as Texas divorce attorneys. Abercrombie was previously named Rising Star in 2009. Burris was previously named in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Super Lawyers are ranked in the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state through peer reviews and independent research of Law & Politics. Super Lawyers 2009 is based on the survey of more than 800,000 attorneys who have practiced for five years or more. Rising Stars are nominated by fellow attorneys as the best attorneys aged 40 or under who have practiced for 10 years or less.