Sherri Shepherd’s messy divorce is getting messier by the day.
It’s been reported that she’s backing out of the surrogacy agreement with estranged husband Lamar Sally. Sherri no longer wants anything to do with the baby, due to be born in August. Lamar is seeking full custody.
The couple had failed to conceive through in-vitro fertilization. Soon after, Sherri and Lamar successfully conceived a child via surrogate and were planning on raising the baby together. However, now the marriage has ended, Sherri no longer wants to be recognised as a legal guardian nor pay child support.
Sherri reportedly feels Lamar pressured her to have the baby only so he could get more money in the event of a split. Especially since their prenup states he only receives $60,000 in total if the marriage lasts between 2-5 years (they married in August 2011).
The former The View co-host hopes a judge will rule that she has no parental claim on the child, since she and the baby share no genetic material. A donor egg and Lamar’s sperm were used to conceive using a surrogate. So Sherri is not the baby’s biological or birth mother.
Sherri filed in May in New Jersey, which favours dissolving parental obligations when there’s a surrogate. She no longer wants custody of any kind.
She recently told Us Weekly, “When you know you’ve made the wrong choice in a guy you look, you do some introspective work, and you try not to make the same mistake.” She added, “If you do, get back up, dust your feet off, and start walking and moving forward.”
Lamar filed his own documents in May in California, where he’s seeking to gain residency ahead of upgrading the legal separation to a divorce petition. He wants full custody, and would require child support. California is more surrogate-friendly and “where a judge issues an order, either before or immediately after the delivery, recognizing the genetic parents as the legal guardians, and directs the hospital to do the same.”
This morning, it was announced that Rosie O’Donnell was officially hired as one replacement now Sherri and Jenny McCarthy have been released from The View.
Sherri has a son named Jeffery with ex-husband, Jeffrey Tarpley.