A Pennsylvania court has held that a sperm donor may be a “third parent” and owe a duty of support to his biological children.
The sperm donor in question had an occasional, recurring relationship with his biological offspring and voluntarily provided money to them from time to time.
The sperm donor has since passed away.
But the court nonetheless sees a continuing duty of support, which may be met from the deceased biological father’s estate.
This is an unusual fact pattern, but many anticipate action from the legislature to clarify the proposition that a child can have only two parents, who owe a duty a support.