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Sherri Shepherd juggles child custody battles

When couples are experiencing infertility, they will sometimes want a child so badly that they turn to surrogacy to have that child. In most cases, the children born through surrogates grow up in a very loving home; however, there are some cases in which that doesn't really happen. The recent birth of Sherri Shepherd's child has some events surrounding it that New Jersey residents might find interesting.

It would seem as though Shepherd and her husband Lamar Sally would be fighting over who gets custody of the baby boy, but that is far from the truth. Shepherd wants to have nothing to do with the baby. She has filed for divorce from Sally in New Jersey. As it stands now, Sally has full custody of the baby, and Shepherd isn't listed on the birth certificate for the baby. New Jersey doesn't recognize surrogacy agreements in most cases, but Sally has filed papers in California where surrogacy is recognized.

All of this comes on the heels of Shepherd being involved in a custody battle for her 9-year-old son. Her first husband filed for custody of that child, but the judge has maintained that Shepherd would retain physical custody of the boy.

When it comes to matters of child custody, there is usually no easy answer. For this reason, it is important for you to know the laws that pertain to your child custody battle so you can try to do what is right for your child. This might mean that you need to get questions answered and others explained to you since child custody laws are often very complex.

Source: E! Online, "Sherri Shepherd's Surrogate Gives Birth to Baby Boy, Divorce Battle With Ex Still Continues" Lily Harrison, Aug. 06, 2014

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