TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A Topeka sperm donor being sued by the state for child support wants a different judge.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that William Marotta’s attorney filed a motion Friday asking Judge Mary E. Mattivi to disqualify herself from the case. The filing doesn’t include a reason for the request, and state statute doesn’t require Marotta to give one.
Marotta says he signed a contract waiving his parental rights and responsibilities when he answered a sperm donor ad from a lesbian couple on Craigslist. A child was born in 2009. But issues arose when the women split up and the birth mother sought state health insurance for the child.
Because no doctor was involved in the artificial insemination, the state sought to hold Marotta financially responsible for the child.