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'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd wins one of her custody battles

Sherri Shepherd of The View, asreaders may have heard, is currently dealing with complications related to her two failed marriages. With respect to her most recent marriage, with Lamar Sally, she is dealing with the interesting issue of whether she can get out of an alleged surrogacy agreement her ex is attempting to hold her to.

According to Shepherd, the agreement was fraudulent and her Sally only wanted her enter into it so that he could obtain her commitment to massive child support payments. Interestingly, the case may hinge on what state the case is tried in. If it is tried in New Jersey, where Shepherd filed, she may end up not being held to the agreement. If it is tried in California, where Sally filed, the outcome could be different. 

Amidst all of this, Shepherd has been dealing with a child custody case involving her 9-year-old son. In a recent victory against her first husband Jeffery Tarpley, Shepherd won primary physical custody over the boy. Tarpley had previously sued for custody of the boy, alleging that Shepherd failed to adequately care for the boy and that she is an unfit parent.

Allegations of unfitness in child custody cases are not uncommon, but can be very difficult to deal with. Bitter ex-spouses sometimes use the flaws of the opposing party to paint a devastating picture of his or her ability to parent. In some cases, the allegations are of course valid. In others, allegations of unfitness may be nothing but exaggeration and bluster.

Those who expect to face child custody battles in a difficult divorce really need to work with an experienced attorney to ensure they have an advocate at their side throughout the process. Doing so can help ensure the best possible outcome in their case. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Sherri Shepherd wins custody battle over 9-year-old son with first husband: report,” Zayda Rivera, July 23, 2014.Fox News, “Can Sherri Shepherd walk away from unborn surrogate child?,” Hollie McKay, July 22, 2014. 

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