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Actor in middle of controversial child custody dispute

Rhode Island residents may know Jason Patric for his movie roles in movies such as the 'Sleepers' and more recently, 'My Sister's Keeper'. However, the actor is making headlines for more than his movie roles. A child custody dispute with his former girlfriend has sparked much debate around the country.

In 2009, the 47 year-old actor donated sperm to his former girlfriend. A pregnancy resulted and a baby boy was delivered by Danielle Schreiber, Patric's ex-girlfriend. The boy, now 3 years-old is at the center of this custody dispute. Patric wants to help raise the child and is fighting for partial custody. The mother, however, says that the agreement was that Patric would remain anonymous and would not have any parenting rights.

A judge ruled in February of this year that Patric could not sue for parental rights. This decision was based on the fact that Patric was simply a sperm donor and that the child's mother and Patric were not together as a couple. Currently, the California state assembly is debating a bill that would grant parental rights to sperm donors under specific conditions.

Child custody can be a challenging issue for individuals and can present itself in a variety of forms. Child custody issues can arise between married same-sex and heterosexual couples who are wanting to divorce, a couple who is not married, grandparents, adoptive parents and most recently; sperm donors. There are various forms of custody that a court could grant, depending on the circumstances surrounding the child custody case. These forms can include joint custody, legal custody or physical custody of the child.

There are experienced family law professionals available who can assess the facts of an individual's child custody case and help map out what the best strategy would be in order to reach the individual's desired goals. Massachusetts residents are encouraged to make sure both their rights and that of their children is protected at all times.

Source: People, "Jason Patric Inspires Controversial Sperm-Donor Rights Legislation in California", July 15, 2013

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