Should he be liable or not? This is an awkward case as it was done "in house" without the backing etc ....
Personally if I was the recipriant I wouldn't even mention the biological Dad, but that is my outlook on it.
Should've created a legal contract...
I think they've got a cheek but he should have insisted on some kind of paperwork to protect himself. It seems ludicrous that he and his wife can't afford their own child because he did a favour for the lesbian couple. Maybe he and his wife should apply for custody.
I think it was a bad idea all around. It's sad when a child does not have both a mother and father due to death or divorce/absenteeism. It's a poor idea to deliberately set up such a situation to bring a child into the world.
It is pretty sad when someone does someone good and then the other guy stabs them in the back like that. I in my opinion do not think that they should get a dime from the donor. Shame on them. Maybe the child protective services should get involved and find out why the lesbian couple are needing to do this to someone that only tried to help them out with something THEY wanted.
The way the CSA works it is quite possible that the women are not the ones pursuing the man.
They would have registered him as the farther and if they had claimed for child support the CSA would have got involved and chased him for support, but in a lot of cases the the CSA do not hand over the monies to the claimants.
I know of women who went through this. They didn't intentionally go after the sperm donor. They were basically tricked into telling who the donor is (tricked with seemingly pleasant chat) then the powers that be went after the man for child support. Both women that I know didn't WANT the man involved and wasn't trying to get donors money. But the state went after the men on their own saying that "It's the law."
Were the lesbian couple chasing the support I'd be inclined to think "How selfish" but, on re-reading the article, there is no mention that the lesbians are suing for support, it appears to be the CSA that is the problem here. Bureaucracy gone mad!
Perhaps the real issue is that the lesbian couple think that the state should support them in their right to have a family and that the "father" thought that this would be fine by him. Shouldn't one of them at least be working unless there are very real mitigating circumstances?
According to the papers the women have split up and for two years he had been playing daddy anyway.