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California sperm donor, Jason Patric, is in a custody battle over the child conceived from his semen with ex-girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber, according to the July 29, 2013 edition of People magazine. Danielle claims that Jason agreed he would not be “a father to the child”. Jason disputes this and is seeking custody. What would happen in such a case in Louisiana? There are no Louisiana statutes or code articles addressing this particular issue. A court might be inclined to ignore the fact that conception occurred without coitus and treat the parental relationship as it would any other. If you are the giver or receiver of a sperm donation and conceive a child, you should seek the advice of a lawyer concerning your custodial rights.