A recent decision made in favour of the subject of the TV2 documentary ‘Den falske rugemor‘ (the fake surrogate) makes harrowing viewing for childless parents tempted to try the option.
Changed her mind
It reveals how Ankestyrelsen, the arbitration panel for family issues, last year told a Zealand man he must pay child support to a surrogate he paid to have his child, who then changed her mind after she became pregnant.
In 2016, the man and his partner paid the woman 100,000 kroner – partly for the fertility treatment – but she concealed her pregnancy and kept the twins she gave birth to.
The couple discovered the truth, and a DNA test confirmed the man was the father, after which he asked for access.
A state ruling granted him 30 minutes a week in the company of the mother, after which she asked for support.
Before the Ankestyrelsen panel, the man’s lawyer argued he had never had a relationship with the surrogate, and that their decision needn’t be in line with divorce settlements.
But the panel disagreed and has made the man pay 2,720 kroner a month (from June 2018) and a backdated amount of nearly 16,000 kroner.
Three such cases
The man had chosen not to take the access in light of the upcoming support case, but conceded he would be prepared to pay the support if his access was increased.
The TV2 documentary reveals that the surrogate has deceived two other childless couples.
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