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A couple battles over a frozen embryo

| Jun 11, 2020 | divorce

Maryland residents who have gone through bitter divorces know that practically everything could be on the table as a subject of contention during a split. Due to modern medical advances, some couples are now fighting over frozen embryos.

One Arizona woman has been going through a long legal battle regarding her frozen embryos and desire to have a baby. As a result of the extensive treatment necessary for her cancer, she experienced early menopause that prevented her from having biological children. Before she underwent treatment, she had an egg extracted and her husband’s sperm was used to fertilize it so it could become an embryo.

Now, the couple is in the throes of a bitter divorce. The man has fought to keep his soon-to-be ex-wife from using the embryo to have her child. The husband argues that he has a right not to become a father. Furthermore, he is concerned about being forced to pay child support should she have the baby. While she had a favorable ruling from a lower court, it was then overturned on appeal by a higher court. There are similar cases throughout the country, and one of them may eventually end up before the United States Supreme Court for a decision as it involves political issues.

In a contentious divorce, one may need legal help to resolve the issues. While most cases do settle, there are rough divorces such as the one above where the case will end up in court. Even if the breakup is not bitter enough to result in extensive litigation, a divorce attorney could still keep the divorce moving along while minimizing the stress that their client faces.