The View co-host, Sherri Shepherd, is involved in a potential complex custody and child support case.
The situation is that Shepherd’s soon to be ex-husband, Lamar Sally, and Shepherd decided to have a baby through in-vitro fertilization. However, the procedure did not involve Shepherd’s egg. Instead, the baby was conceived with Sally’s sperm and another woman’s egg. The baby is due to be born later this month.
As divorce proceedings get underway, Shepherd is claiming that Sally defrauded her.
The surrogate mother signed a contract with both Sally and Shepherd, TMZ reported, but Shepherd is trying to back out, saying that Sally was merely trying to milk child support payments out of her.
TMZ also noted that Shepherd filed for divorce in New Jersey, where courts typically do not reocgnize surrogacy agreements, while Sally filed for divorce in California, where the opposite tends to be true.
From an Orange County child custody lawyer’s perspective, Shepherd may have a good case here. The baby was not conceived with her egg. The baby is not born yet and Sally is already attempting to get child support payments from Shepherd. However, the public policy of having child support ordered is so great that the case could go either way. This case will be interesting to watch play out.
Contact a Costa Mesa child custody lawyer today for help.