Judge Grants Stay in Divorced Couple's Battle Over Embryos

A divorced couple in Maryland is fighting in court over their frozen embryos. “A year after we got married, and we’re trying to conceive, and unfortunately it didn’t happen the natural way,” Honorine Anong said.

“Unfit” Mother Wins Custody Dispute With Ex-Husband Over Their Frozen Embryos

A Maryland woman has gained custody of nine frozen embryos she created with her ex-husband, according to an attorney working on the case. Godlove Mbah of Greenbelt and his ex-wife, Honorine Anong of Upper Marlboro, were divorced in May 2012, but disputes have continued over the couple’s stored embryos and a 3-year-old daughter previously conceived from one their embryos.

Though Mbah asked to have them destroyed, according to The Daily Record, Maryland Circuit Court Judge John Paul Davey signed an order in December giving sole custody of the embryos to Anong—a first-of-its-kind ruling in Maryland. Davey found that the commercial contract the couple signed at the Shady Grove Fertility Clinic in July 2008—prior to the procedure—was valid, according to attorneys involved in the case. That contract said the embryos would be given to Anong in case of a separation. Nataly Mendocilla, Mbah’s attorney, argued that her client’s signature wasn’t notarized.

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