A gay man who helped his friend conceive two children might be rethinking his kind deed, as she is now suing some him sixteen years later. That woman, now a medical doctor, is taking advantage of a loophole in Ontario law that allows for known sperm and egg donors to be held liable for child support based on biology alone, the Montreal Gazette reports.
There is a bill before the provincial legislature to amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, which could close the loophole, but perhaps too late for Michael Ranson, said his lawyer, Shirley Levitan.
Ranson met Dr. Amie Cullimore in 1991 and in 2000 she called on him to fulfill an old promise to donate his sperm so she could undergo IVF, court documents state.
He agreed to stay involved in their lives, since he had no plans of having his own children, but “never would have donated if had he known she was seeking any financial support from him,” his legal team claims.
The pair signed an agreement in 2002, granting full custody to the mother and saying she “would not look to Ranson for any financial support.”
If Cullimore is successful in her suit, Ranson will be responsible for four years of retroactive child support, since 2012, as well as other expenses, including post-secondary education.
“He feels like now he’s being punished for having been a good spuncle [slang term for known sperm donor],” his legal representative said. “How does he maintain a good relationship with these kids now?
“This is not something he signed on for.”