Florida fans of TV personality Sherri Shepherd may be interested to learn that a Pennsylvania court has ruled that comic actor must pay her ex-husband alimony and child support. The decision is the latest chapter in a contentious maternity suit involving the couple's 1-year-old son, who was conceived with the help of a surrogate mother.
Shepherd, who was a co-host on "The View" for seven years, married her former husband in 2010. She was unable to have children, so the couple opted to conceive a baby using a donated egg and a surrogate mother. Shepherd's husband provided the sperm. However, the couple's marriage began to fail halfway through the pregnancy, and Shepherd filed for divorce in 2014. Shortly afterward, her husband sued her for sole custody of their unborn son, child support and alimony.
Shepherd told a magazine that she had only agreed to the surrogacy in an effort to save her marriage. She declined to be at the boy's birth and refused to allow her name on his birth certificate, citing that he was not her biological child. However, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas found in favor of her ex-husband in April, ordering that Shepherd must list her name on the birth certificate and pay child support and alimony. The Superior Court affirmed that decision.
Shepherd told the media that she intends to appeal the ruling. In the meantime, she said she will make the court-ordered payments.
No matter how a child was conceived, child custody disputes can be complex and emotional. Florida parents facing child custody or other family law issues may find it helpful to work with an attorney as they navigate the state's legal system and negotiate for an agreement that is in the best interests of the child.