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Case Conclusion Date: 01.01.1996
Practice Area: Family
Outcome: Petitioner granted - A support order was to be fashioned by the trail court
Description: (1996) 42 Cal. App. 4th 718 In this case, pursuant to a written contract between four people-a husband, wife, another woman and her husband-a sperm and an egg from anonymous donors were artificially united and implanted in the uterus of the other woman, with the intention that the offspring would be legally the child of the married couple. Several months later the wife, in the dissolution action, brought an order to show cause proceeding seeking pendente lite child support, that is, temporary child support pending final adjudication of the matter, from the husband who was the intended father under the contract. The trial judge held that the court had no jurisdiction to make a support order under the circumstances.