When some Ohio couples decide that it is time to have children, they may turn to alternative forms of fertilization. This may mean creating embryos that can then be implanted so that the couple can have children if they are naturally unable to conceive. What many people do not think about, however, is what may happen to these frozen embryos should the couple divorce.
One of these couples, for example, created five embryos after the wife was diagnosed with cancer. The couple feared that any cancer treatments could leave her unable to have children. When they divorced, the ex-wife decided that she still wanted to use the embryos. The ex-husband, however, wanted to have the embryos destroyed. While both signed a clinic consent agreement stating that the embryos would be destroyed if they divorced, the courts have ruled differently for different cases.