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Celebrity legal battles highlight unusual child custody issues

Making decisions about child custody can be hard in any divorce situation, but imagine if you were involved in two difficult child custody cases at the same time. This is exactly what Sherri Shepherd, television personality and comedic actress, is currently facing, all under the scrutiny of the public eye.

According to court documents, Shepherd's first husband has alleged that she is neglecting their special needs son and depriving him of proper care, solutions for his education needs and a nurturing environment. The ex-husband recently filed paperwork to get an emergency custody modification hearing. He is alleging that Shepherd uses inexperienced nannies rather than caring for their son herself.

Shepherd's ex also claims the boy cannot manage basic tasks like reading properly, writing, tying his shoes and practicing proper hygiene. He blames the TV star's busy seven-day work week for the alleged neglect. He is seeking temporary custody and wants to deny Shepherd any visitation rights until a court rules on his complaint. Shepherd responded by filing documents claiming the ex-husband is an absentee father.

In the midst of these accusations, Shepherd is also facing another custody battle with her current husband. The couple is expecting a child this summer by way of a surrogate. A signed prenuptial agreement states that Shepherd will get full custody of the unborn baby boy in the event of a break-up.

It's important for New Jersey parents to remember that the law does offer provisions for special circumstances in unusual child custody cases. However, you need good legal guidance. Even when you think you have crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's, it often feels impossible think of every possible problem that could crop up when it comes to drafting a child custody agreement.

Source: Guardian Liberty Voice, "Sherri Shepherd Custody Battle" Virginia Snowden, May. 18, 2014

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