Sherri Shepherd Loses Second Appeal In Surrogacy Case
Sherri Shepherd has lost her second appeal in her surrogacy case after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to take on the matter, it was announced on Tuesday.
As Gossip Cop reported, in 2012 Shepherd and ex-husband Lamar Sally began the process of having a baby via surrogate while they were still married, with the star putting up about $100,000 toward the associated costs. They split, however, in 2014, just months before the child was born, and Shepherd insisted she no longer wanted parental rights or obligations. Sally sued the actress, arguing that their surrogacy contract was legally binding and she was the child’s mother whether she wanted to be or not.
Last year, the court agreed with Sally, and Shepherd was named the legal mother and ordered to pay $4,100 a month in child support, which will increase to $4,600 when the child turns 13. The former “View” co-host attempted to appeal the decision twice, most recently in December, but now that the state Supreme Court will not hear the case, she is essentially out of options. Sally has publicly slammed Shepherd for never having met the 19-month-old boy, who is named Lamar after his father.
Shepherd, who is not biologically-related to the child, had previously argued that Sally had deceived her, and was only using her to have a kid and obtain money. Regardless of the claims, it was determined that their legal surrogacy agreement outweighed other considerations, such as Shepherd’s contention that a contract should not determine parentage. Her first appeal was denied by Pennsylvania’s lower court last November, and now it seems the state’s Supreme Court agrees. Shepherd has not yet commented on the latest decision.