of an Emirati man used his sperm to conceive a child without his knowledge or
consent, the Abu Dhabi Appeals Court has heard.
woman allegedly forged her husband's signature in order to undergo IVF using his sperm at
a fertility clinic shortly before their divorce. Several months later, the
woman told a friend what she had done and this person passed the news on to the
She filed a
lawsuit soon after giving birth in order to register her former husband as the legal
father of the child. As the couple had been married at the time of conception
and the Emirati man had given consent to fertility treatment during this period,
the Court of First Instance ruled in her favour, exonerating the Russian woman of
any personal wrongdoing.
The man accepted
paternity and told the court: 'I love the baby [...] she is my true blood
and I am taking good care of her'. But despite
this acknowledgement, the unnamed man is appealing the decision of the Court of
angry it was done without my knowledge', he said. 'I want justice. This is not
acceptable'. The man intends to sue his ex-wife on the basis that he did
not consent to his sperm being used for her insemination, and is using the allegedly forged forms as evidence.
The man further
contends that his ex-wife, who is currently caring for the child, 'just wants
to stay in the UAE [United Arab Emirates] and get benefits'.
on what he had heard so far, Judge Khairi al
Kabbashsaid: '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?' He went on to tell the claimant: 'You are an amazing man - I can understand why she could not let
go of you'.
their marriage, the couple had twice received fertility treatment in the UAE, but
both attempts to conceive were unsuccessful. This put a strain on their
relationship. The woman later visited Russia for further treatment but this also
failed to result in pregnancy. It was only on her return to the UAE, when she
returned to the first clinic, that she became
has been adjourned until 7 November.