An Emirati man from Abu Dhabi is suing his Russian ex-wife for stealing his frozen sperm to get pregnant without telling him.
The man says shortly before their divorce, the woman secretly took his frozen sperm to a clinic they had previously sought fertility treatment, and was inseminated.
The couple split less than three weeks later.
“I am angry it was done without my knowledge. I want justice. This is not acceptable,” said the man, who acknowledges the girl is his daughter.
The couple was desperate to seek fertility treatment during their 4-year marriage.
As the marriage was falling apart, the wife went to Russia where she underwent further fertility treatment without telling him.
The man only discovered he was a father four months after the girl was born, when his ex-wife told one of his friends what she had done.
The ex-wife filed a lawsuit shortly after giving birth demanding her former husband register their daughter under his name.
“I love the baby and have already accepted my daughter. I will give her and the mother their full rights but we cannot ignore the scam done here,” said the man.
“We divorced a few days after she used the sperm and she did not mention anything about being pregnant.
“Then four months later she went to my friend and told him. She just wants to stay in the UAE and get benefits. This should not be allowed.”
Judge Khairi al Kabbash heard the man’s argument, and offered a rebuttal.
“Since you have been so noble so far and accepted your daughter and registered her under your name, why don’t you continue with your generosity and big heart and accept the situation?
“You are an amazing man – I can understand why she could not let go of you.”
The Court of First Instance cleared his ex-wife of any blame as the couple were married at the time of the incident and he had previously given consent for the treatment.
The case was adjourned until November when the claimant plans to produce the consent forms in evidence.