Category: Family Law

Sofia Vergara and the Fate of an Embryo

Actress Sofia Vergara recently had a public dispute with her ex-fiance Nick Loeb over their frozen embryos. It has been reported that Vergara and Loeb created two embryos. An embryo is created in a lab by fertilizing a woman’s egg with a man’s sperm. When the couple parted ways, Loeb sued Vergara for control of the embryos. Loeb would like to use the two embryos to have children through the use of a surrogate, whereas Vergara wishes to keep the embryos frozen. Prior to creating the embryos, the couple had signed a contract that stated that both parties had to agree to bring the embryos to term. Should… Read the rest

The Craigslist Sperm Donation and Ohio

In Kansas, Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer, a lesbian couple, posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a sperm donor. The cost of artificial insemination can range from $300 to $700 a try and it can take four or more tries to be successful, a cost prohibitive process for some aspiring parents. Hence, the couple was likely seeking a less expensive alternative to a sperm bank. William Marotta, a married man, hoping to help the couple out, responded that he would be a willing donor.

The three signed a contract waiving Marotta’s parental right and responsibilities, the donation was made and Schreiner… Read the rest

Should Embryos be a Commodity?

Assisted Reproductive Technology refers to all treatments where the egg or embryo is handled outside the body.

The most common treatment is IVF (in vitro fertilization). With In vitro fertilization, the egg is fertilized with the sperm in a laboratory and the resulting embryo is implanted in the uterus. IVF can be done using the intended mother’s egg or a donor’s egg and the intended father’s sperm or a donor’s sperm. It can also be done with a donated embryo. With surrogacy, a woman carries the intended mother’s embryo.

Most fertility clinics that store the genetic material of patients seeking… Read the rest

Ohio Divorce: Gifts Between Spouse- An Exception to the Rule in Property Division

In Ohio, the general rule of thumb is that in the event of a divorce, a spouse will be able to retain his separate property. For a more full explanation of separate and marital property and property division, see http://www.perlalaw.com/blog/how-does-a-domestic-relations-court-in-ohio-divide-property-in-a-divorce/ However, there is a particular exception to the rule that some practitioners may overlook.

In Ohio, a spouse can convert separate property to marital property by making a gift of the separate property to their spouse. There are two essential elements to effectuate a gift.… Read the rest

What is the Putative Father Registry?

A woman is pregnant, you may be the father but you’re not married.

A woman has given birth to a child, you think you’re the father, but you haven’t yet established paternity.

If you fall into either of these categories, you should consider registering with the Putative Father Registry.

The Ohio Putative Father Registry is a database that allows a man to register if he believes that he is the father of a child, whether born or unborn. Once registered, the father must be notified if the child is put up for adoption.

Failing to register puts the possible father in risk of having his child given up for adoption… Read the rest