Florida fans of daytime television shows may have heard about the child custody battle waged between the former "View" host Sherrie Shepherd and her ex-husband, Lamar Sally. Ms. Shepherd was trying to get her name removed from their son's birth certificate and not be held financially responsible for him.
The boy was born using surrogacy after Ms. Shepherd paid a fertility agency approximately $100,000 to do so. While the surrogate was still pregnant, the marriage between Ms. Shepherd and her husband fell apart. After the baby was born, she then sued to try to have her name removed from the birth certificate. A Pennsylvania court found that she was legally responsible for the child and ordered her to pay $4,100 a month in child support until he is 13, and then to pay $4,600 a month after that.
Ms. Shepherd has now filed an appeal of the lower court's ruling. She reportedly tried to void the surrogacy contract when the surrogate mother was almost done with the pregnancy. Her ex-husband has said that she has abandoned her son.
Most family law issues are not as extreme as this one, but they can still be difficult for people to navigate, as they can be highly emotional and conflict-filled. People who are going through child custody disputes or similar contentious issues may want to obtain the help of a family law attorney who can assist in negotiating an agreement with the other party to resolve the dispute. An attorney can also pursue the matter through court litigation should negotiations prove fruitless.
Source: Radar Online, "Sherri Shepherd takes surrogacy custody battle to superior court," Jan. 14, 2016.