Actor Jason Patric has won an appeal court hearing for him to be recognised as the legal father of his ex-girlfriend’s son, whom he was sperm donor for in 2009.
This is the second time the pair have been in court, but according to the Hollywood Reporter it could mean he isn’t necessarily entitled to custody.
The first ruling in this case came in 2014, and the family court stated that relevant code prevented Patric from establishing parentage. Patric appealed the decision, and the appellate court stated that the code precluded a parent from establishing paternity based on their biological connection.
His former partner and mother to the child, Danielle Schreiber appealed that decision, and the appeal court issued a 55-page opinion on how the couple’s romantic history leading up to their child’s birth made this case more than just a sperm donor wanting rights to his child.
The couple began dating in 2008 and were believed to have been actively trying to conceive. The relationship ended and Miss Schreiber began looking at the possibility of a sperm donor.
Mr Patric asked in a handwritten note to be considered as a sperm donor, which she agreed to.
The pair briefly got back together after their son turned one, but broke up just months later.
The actor now has to wait to find out what the family law court will agree when it comes to custody of his son, which was earlier revoked and whether he has satisfied conditions attached to the joint custody.
He has also been ordered to pay backdated child support.