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Texas family law court to hear groundbreaking case

Over the years, the family landscape in America has grown and evolved. These changes have led to complexities for family law courts in McKinney and elsewhere. Whether readers view these changes as positive or negative, they have inarguably created brand new questions and issues for family law courts all across the U.S.

 A lawsuit recently filed in Texas could be potentially groundbreaking in terms of family legal issues. The case has sparked debate over parental rights and responsibilities for a child conceived through insemination from a sperm donor. Experts have questioned what the level of responsibility is for a man who unknowingly or unwillingly father’s a child through a sperm donation and how a ruling in this case could affect future cases like this that are heard in family law courts throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S.

The debate centers on a man’s lawsuit against a woman with whom he had once had a relationship. According to reports, the woman used a sperm sample the man had donated while in a previous relationship, without his consent, to become pregnant and have a child. She reportedly told him she was having his child, but it remains unknown to the public at this time whether or not she asked for any type of child support.

 Not all cases heard in family courts are unprecedented, but that does not diminish their importance. Family law courts have the difficult task of ruling on private, family matters. For those involved, the rulings have significant, lasting effects. If you are having child custody or other family law issues, it may be of benefit to consult with an attorney. Legal representation can look out for your interests and answer any questions that may arise throughout the process.

Source: WAFB 9 News, “Lawyers say sperm case with local ties is unprecedented”, Gerron Jordan, May 8, 2013