He made the decision to do something noble for his best friend, but he probably never imagined it would backfire the way it has. Now, a heartwarming gesture has led to an unexpected legal battle and he may end up paying a hefty price for something he didn’t sign up for.
The Heartwarming Gesture:
According to Queerty, Michael Ranson’s friend Ami Cullimore wanted children. So, she asked her friend if he’d be willing help make her dreams come true. In 2000, nearly ten years after they’d met in medical school, Ranson agreed to donate his sperm so she could undergo IVF. Cullimore ultimately gave birth to two children with Ranson’s help. Although her dreams of motherhood became a reality, Ranson’s help came with a few conditions.
Shortly after the children were born, Ranson and Cullimore signed an agreement that granted her full custody. The agreement also included a clause that stated Cullimore would not seek financial support for the children from him. Although he planned to be part of their lives as an extended member because he didn’t want children of his own, financial responsibility wasn’t part of the deal – until now. According to the Montreal Gazette, Cullimore – now a doctor – is suing Ranson for child support.
He May Have To Pay Up:
Despite the agreement they signed, there’s a legal loophole in Canada that may leave high and dry. If a judge rules in Cullimore’s favor, unfortunately, Ranson will be responsible for “four years of retroactive child support, since 2012, as well as other expenses, including post-secondary education,” according to the publication. His attorney, Shirley Levitan, is hoping their previous agreement holds up in court, but there’s a strong possibility Ranson could be held accountable for the children.
“He feels like now he’s being punished for having been a good “spuncle” [slang term for known sperm donor],” his legal representative said. “How does he maintain a good relationship with these kids now?” Levitan added,” This is not something he signed on for.”