Sherri Shepherd probably won’t be having quite as happy a Thanksgiving: her appeal to have her name taken off her son’s birth certificate (who was born via surrogate with now ex-husband Lamar Sally) has been denied. She will have to keep paying child support until Lamar Jr is 18.
The terms of the settlement require Sherri to pay Lamar $4,100 per month until Lamar Jr. turns 13. Then she’ll have to pay $4,600. Ultimately, the court found that Sherri agreed to participate in the surrogacy process and even paid for most of it, so it’s too late for her to back out of her parental responsibilities now, even if she does feel that Lamar defrauded her (had a child with her just to get the child support).
The owner of the agency that arranged the surrogacy said:
[The ruling is] a victory for all families formed through assisted reproductive arrangements. This will allow parents and carriers to feel secure. A great decision for the surrogacy community.”
I can understand that. Ultimately, if someone hires a surrogate, they can’t change their mind once the surrogate becomes pregnant. I can see Sherri’s point: the timing of Lamar’s separation and his actions (he immediately filed for primary custody before the baby was even born) suggest he may have ultimately planned to get child support from Sherri all along. However, men can make this same claim about women who get pregnant, and they still have to pay child support.
Sherri said she was warned by all of her friends about Lamar before she married him. This will just have to be a tough lesson learned.
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