According to The Christian Post on Wednesday, arguments were heard in court in the custody battle with Sherri Shepherd and her estranged husband, Lamar Sally. The judge declined to issue a dismissal decision at this time pending further findings by a court in Pennsylvania where the baby boy was born by a surrogate on Aug. 5. The matter was postponed to Oct. 29.
In the meantime, Sally has vowed to raise the surrogate baby alone. He said the baby is wonderful and doing good. His name is Lamar Sally, Jr. who has been nicknamed L.J.
The New York Daily News reports that Sally is loving everything about being a father, but he misses Shepherd and wishes they could have all been a family, but he realizes it might be too late for that. He regrets his separation from her even though he was the first one to file in California for a separation. Then Shepherd filed in New Jersey for a divorce. She accused him of marrying her just to get child support. That is exactly what he requested in his court papers. He reportedly wants custody of the baby and has requested that Shepherd have reasonable visitation rights. In addition to wanting custody, he is asking for spousal support and the cost of his attorney fees.
Shepherd, 47, claimed earlier that she wants nothing to do with the newborn baby that was conceived using Sally's sperm and a donor's egg. She reportedly filed for divorce from Sally in the state of New Jersey where courts generally don't recognize surrogate agreements. Sally filed in California, where courts are said to be more open to these situations. A judge from neither one of these states has ruled on the cases. Now with findings expected from Pennsylvania, unfortunately three different states are involved in bringing resolution to these people's personal lives.