In this case, a man donated his sperm so a couple could perform a insemination at home.  They signed an agreement regarding the donation and waiving his parental rights. The couple did not ask him for child support after the fact.  Instead, after the couple separated, one of them requested state benefits for the child. It is typical for the state to attempt to recoup those costs from the parents of the child so the state typically asks for the biological parents’ information.  The parentage act in Kansas requires that a physician sign off on the assisted reproduction  in addition to the other parties in order for the sperm donor to not be considered the birth father.  So under Kansas law, the donor was considered the birth father and was required to provide support for the child to be paid to the state.
     Due to recent changes in Nevada law, specifically NRS 126.500-810, this situation could be avoided here so long as the parties have an agreement that the donor relinquishes his present and future parental rights and obligations. It is important to consult with an attorney to make sure assisted reproduction agreements are compliant with Nevada law.
Read about the story in the ABA Journal here:
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     Are you tired of dealing with your family law issues this summer?  Take a Hike!  Literally!

One of the best ways to relieve stress from your daily life is to go outside and enjoy the beautiful Sierra Nevadas.  This can also be an inexpensive and healthy way to bond with your self and/or your kids during the slow, tiring processes of divorce and child custody.  It’s great exercise, fun for everyone, and the temperatures are cooler in the higher elevations, so it’s great way to beat the heat!

For those of you who live in the Reno/Sparks area, a short trip up to the Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a great place do some day hiking.  Located on Gold Lake Highway 10 miles from Graeagle, CA, the Lakes Basin Campground is a good place to park and get on the trails.  They have a parking area for day hiking, as well as an excellent campground.  The mileage between the lakes is fairly short, and the trails are easy enough for children 4 and up to do, so you can visit several lakes in one hike.

We know that family law issues are tough.  Divorce and child custody are hard topics to deal with for everyone.  With today’s economic situation, trips to amusement parks and other vacation destinations are more  stressful on parents (on both sides) and their pocketbooks.

Whether you have children or not, consider a day trip to go hiking and get to know yourself again.

Plumas County Wildflower and waterfall Hikes.


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The State Bar of Nevada includes attorneys who have registered their certifications as specialists in their specific areas of law.  Sarah Hardy-Cooper is one of just over 30 Nevada attorneys who have the Family Law Specialist certification.

See here for more information and a complete list of Nevada certified specialist attorneys:

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