According to the New York Daily News on Saturday, Sherri Shepherd has changed her mind about the unborn baby that is being carried by a surrogate. When she filed for divorce from Lamar Sally on May 2, she initially asked for full legal and physical custody of her yet-to-be-born baby in the proceedings. Now it has been reported that the co-host of "The View" does not want any ties to the baby that is due on July 28.
The reason the 47-year-old wants a judge to rule that she “has no parental rights or responsibilities,” including not to be granted custody or named as his parent, is because she believes Sally wanted the baby in order to defraud her to have a surrogate baby in order to eventually divorce her and get her to pay child support.
A surrogate was used because Shepherd can have no more children. She already has a nine-year-old son named Jeffrey that she talks about a lot on "The View." The unborn child is a boy that has already been named Lamar Sally, Jr. Technically, Shepherd has no genetic connection to the infant because the baby was conceived with Sally’s sperm but not with Shepherd’s egg.
According to TMZ, at first Shepherd was excited about having a baby, but after she and Sally filed for divorce, reports have emerged that she no longer wants any ties to the unborn child. A judge will have to decide on the parental rights and responsibilities concerning the baby. This might be a sticky situation because Shepherd filed for divorce in New Jersey while Sally filed in California. According to state laws, New Jersey courts do not generally recognize surrogacy agreements whereas California courts do.
Two weeks ago, Sally tried to get their whole divorce case sealed in court to prevent his wife of three years talking publicly about the marriage breakdown. However, a judge said Shepherd can chat about her divorce as much as she wants, but she can't reveal the name and whereabouts of the woman carrying the couple's child.
It will be interesting to find out how this situation turns out. Hopefully, the unborn baby and the surrogate will not be hurt while Shepherd and Sally sort this situation out with the help of a judge.