Thursday, May 8, 2014
As I have previously discussed, actor Jason Patric agreed in 2009 to help his then-ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber conceive, but the terms he set up at the beginning to protect his assets don’t leave much room for him to renegotiate his involvement in the child’s life.
Having the baby brought Patric and Schreiber back together for a few years. After breaking up again, Patric decided he wanted joint custody. Even though Patric is the biological father, that connection doesn’t grant him any natural rights in California. Although Patric is lobbying for wider sperm donor rights, his efforts are unlikely to change the fact that he signed a contract relinquishing his parental rights.
The lesson here is that rights and responsibilities need to be put in writing, especially in an unorthodox family arrangement. Once that arrangement changes, the documents need to be amended immediately to reflect new circumstances.
See Scott Martin, Jason Patric Sperm Donation/Custody Dispute Gets Ugly, The Trust Advisor, May 5, 2014.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.