Domestic Relations: The Child of Artificial Insemination

In harmonious families, life runs relatively free of legal hazard for a child produced by A.I.D. (artificial insemination by a donor). But let a will be contested or a marriage break up, and suddenly his status becomes clouded. Is he legitimate or illegitimate? Is he entitled to support as other children are? What rights does he have to his "father's" estate?

Only last month a California court tried to answer such questions in the nation's first A.I.D. criminal case. At issue was the fate of Christopher Sorensen, 6, a product of artificial insemination to which his mother's sterile husband, Steelworker...

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