Month: September 2016

Paternity Paradox

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland Considers Fatherhood, Donated Embryos, and In Vitro Fertilization Sieglein v. Schmidt, No. 2616 Sept. Term. 2013, 2015 WL 5021392, at *2 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Aug. 25, 2015) Held: The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland affirmed an order of the Circuit Court for Harford County finding that the father was in fact the legal parent of minor child, despite the fact that child had been conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) via donated sperm and egg during the marriage. Facts: Parties met on a dating website and, each bringing children from prior relationships, were married shortly thereafter. Prior to meeting his new wife, father had a vasectomy, and during their months dating had expressed his desire not to have any more children. Despite this, following their marriage, mother expressed a desire to have another child. Father refused to undergo a reversal of the

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