Court rules Sherri Shepherd must support her son born to surrogate

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Court rules Sherri Shepherd must support her son born to surrogate.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Television personality and actress Sherri Shepherd has been found legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate she and her ex-husband hired before they divorced, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled this week in upholding the surrogacy contract. Sherri Shepherd attends the LA Premiere Of Pure Flix’s “Woodlawn” at the Bruin Theater on October 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Pure Flix) The “Precious” star split from her husband of three years, Lamar Sally, in May, 2014 while the surrogate was pregnant, and Shepherd declared no interest in the baby, named Lamar, Jr., following his birth in August.It looks like Sherri Shepherd is going to have to continue to pay child support to the toddler being raised by her ex husband, according to a report from PEOPLE.The comedian has been ordered to continue paying child support for the 1-year-old child delivered via surrogate during her marriage to Sally even though she has refused to acknowledge the child as her own.

However, an appeals court has decided that Shepherd was on board with the surrogate plan and put up the most money for the process, so she has to continue making the payments, according to TMZ.com. Her lawyer did not immediately return a message Tuesday, and Shepherd’s Twitter feed was silent on the court ruling while her Instagram page focused on her other son, 10-year-old son Jeffrey. Shepherd had paid more than $100,000 and Sally another $5,000 for a suburban Philadelphia surrogate to carry the child conceived through a procedure that used his sperm and a donor egg. Her name was put on the birth certificate, she was ordered to pay $4,100 a month child support and is responsible for carrying the baby on her health insurance until he is 18-years-old. Shepherd, who has adamantly maintained that she did not want the child (in spite of going through with the process), said she was afraid if she did not agree to it she would lose her husband.

The initial birth certificate listed the surrogate as the mother, prompting California authorities to seek support from her when Sally settled there, according to his lawyer, Tiffany Palmer. “Surrogates don’t want to feel that someone could want a baby and then just back out. Brisman, who owns Reproductive Possibilities in Montvale, N.J. “(Shepherd) does not dispute that she freely entered into the gestational carrier contract,” the Superior Court ruling said. “Baby S. would not have been born but for (her) actions and express agreement to be the child’s legal mother.” She had no trouble finding work since leaving the show last year, appearing in the critically acclaimed Chris Rock film Take Five, landing a role on the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, and even making her Broadway musical debut as the Evil Stepmother in Roger And Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Furthermore, the move to just abandon the agreement to bring a child into the world via surrogate would place all families in similar instances at risk.

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