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Woman Sues Ex Over Broken Baby Promises

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When self-help author Karen Salmansohn met Mitchell Leff, he told her he was in the process of getting a divorce. Later, this dad of two told Karen, 49, that he was completely committed to her and wanted to have babies with her. He bought her a $10,000 diamond engagement ring and bankrolled $28,000 in fertility treatments.

But when she informed him that she was pregnant, he did a total 180. He told her he was "too old" to start a new family and that she should get an abortion. Within weeks, he'd cut her off financially -- even though he had promised to pay for a crib, apartment renovations and baby gear. Then she found out he had never even filed for divorce.

Now she is suing him for all the unpaid medical bills he left behind, reports the NY Daily News.

We've heard of guys saying they want kids just to get in a woman's pants, but this is the first time we've heard of someone spending almost thirty grand on IVF treatments and THEN bailing.

Do you hope Karen wins the lawsuit?



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17 comments so far | Post a comment now
Black Iris March 9, 2010, 4:58 PM

Um, she was this guy’s mistress. I don’t feel sorry for her.

Don’t have sex with a guy who’s still married, but if you do, don’t try to get pregnant. And check up on his story. Guys - don’t give your mistress fertility treatments, for heaven’s sake.

Anonymous March 9, 2010, 6:40 PM

She’s TOO OLD to get pregnant

Dara March 9, 2010, 8:20 PM

She should win, she didn’t know he was married. I do think she is a little on the older side to have considered having a baby.. but it’s too late for that and the child should be well cared for.

Chrissy March 9, 2010, 8:34 PM

Sorry Dara, she DID KNOW that he was married. She stated that he was going thru the process of a divocre (which can take years to resolve). That means he is still legally married and carries all the legal burden of being such.
And all we have is her side. Was she using his sperm? What were her financial resources? She couldn’t afford to even buy a crib? I’m sorry but I don’t think we have been given a complete picture.

*Big Mama* March 9, 2010, 9:41 PM

No, she shouldn’t win. I know that sounds harsh, but she has no legal grounds to sue him. If she won, it would be a mockery of what is already a failing legal system.

Cheryl March 10, 2010, 5:12 AM

She should not win; he did not leave any bills behind. Does she think she bears no responsibility for this pregnancy? What kind of life coach is she supposed to be? Would she coach a woman to go thru IVF with a married man that she barely knows?

anon March 10, 2010, 6:55 AM

Guess what people? She WOULD win, child support that is! And maybe other costs too.

Leah March 10, 2010, 6:55 AM

NO - she shouldn’t get a dime! She’s a ho running around with a married man. She’s reaping what she’s sown.

Robin March 10, 2010, 9:57 AM

She should win child support and half of the medical bills. When a guy backs out of a wedding at the last minute he usually has to pay for half of the wedding expenses, should the staggering expense of bringing a life into the world be held to a lesser standard?

SantaFeJack March 10, 2010, 10:34 AM

He paid to get her pregnant, and he will pay for the results (baby). But a 49 year old woman getting pregnant with a still-married man is quite the fool. And he’s in the same category. They deserve what they got.

jay-j March 10, 2010, 3:52 PM

she should win and plus its for the baby:(

tennmom March 10, 2010, 5:28 PM

“In the process of divorce” means Still Married.
49 is a bit old to be contemplating getting pregnant. Pushing 70 when a child is about to head off to college is not a good idea.
Men telling women what they want to hear has been happening since the beginning of time.
He should be responsible for child support if he is the biological father of this child. If not, it sounds like a classic case of “he said,she said” unless there was something in writing.

Chrissy March 10, 2010, 5:46 PM

To note her “boyfriend” is a bookie from Long Island.
How nice that she picked a married bookie to be the father of her child.

Stephanie March 10, 2010, 6:07 PM

Lots of people move on to other relationships when they’re going through a divorce, which can take years. She didn’t know he hadn’t actually filed. That’s not her fault. For him to go so far as to spend tens of thousands on IVF only to back out is ridiculous. She deserves for him to pay half her medical expenses for the pregnancy, the baby’s delivery and child support. I agree that she’s too old to be having a baby but that’s beside the point. He chose to create this child with her and now he needs to follow through on his responsibilities. I feel really sorry for the baby to be born in to such a crummy situation.

Felicia March 14, 2010, 8:15 AM

Has she confirmed anywhere that it was his sperm that impregnated her?

She won’t win, and I hope she doesn’t. 49 years old is far too old to have a baby. The chances that her child will be born with Down’s syndrome or some other condition are extremely high. She can’t afford doctor’s bills? What about the medical bills she will most likely incur because her child will be born with developmental or health issues???

Michael C April 10, 2010, 3:38 PM

A couple of immature people playing house. He’ll surely be required to pay some sort of support. It’s the ‘Cult of Motherhood’ playing out here. The courts recognize that. It’s singularly what’s in the best interest of the child.

Anonymous April 11, 2010, 12:33 PM

If the child is biologically his, he should pay child support for sure. As for other expenses, the story did not make it clear if she kept the $10,000 ring or not. If she did keep it, why not sell it for some money? I know if someone pulled that stunt on me, I wouldn’t want to keep the ring I was given.


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