The Tiberias Family Court ruled on Sunday that a man who claims the mother of
his five-year-old child “stole his sperm” to become pregnant must pay child
The child was conceived when her father, “A.” and her mother,
“R.” had a onenight stand while living in a shared apartment, but the parents
gave conflicting versions about the circumstances.
A. claimed the child
was conceived as a result of “sperm theft,” that R. had no intention of
maintaining contact with him and that she had informed him she would bring up
the child independently and not sue him for child support.
In dismissing A.’s arguments, Judge Assaf Zagury said that
minors “cannot be restricted by the behavior or understanding of their parents,”
and therefore A. must pay child support.
Both the mother and the child
are named on the family court suit against A., but the judge noted that the
child is entitled to file a suit independently of R.
“Therefore, even if
her biological father’s claims are true, they are not sufficient to prevent the
minor from succeeding in her current suit,” Zagury said.
The judge added
that there have been cases where fathers have been ordered to pay child support
even though they argued that they were “fathers against their will” because of
sperm theft, or that the mother had refused to terminate a pregnancy, despite
previous agreements to do so.
Zagury also noted that A. had
maintained contact with his daughter after her birth.