Ohio residents who are fans of the popular television show “The View” may be interested to learn that former co-host Sherri Shepherd, who left the show in 2014, was recently ordered to pay child and spousal support to her ex-husband. Although Ms. Shepherd is famous for her staunch religious beliefs, she reportedly has refused to have anything to do with her son.
Reportedly, Ms. Shepherd, who served as co-host of the morning show from 2007 until 2014, met her ex-husband in 2010. After they married, they reportedly wanted to have a baby. Ms. Shepherd was unable to do so, however, because her eggs were determined to be no longer viable. The couple then agreed to use the services of a surrogate in Pennsylvania, and their son was conceived in vitro using an egg from the surrogate and Ms. Shepherd’s ex-husband’s sperm.
In the middle of the pregnancy, the marriage failed and Ms. Shepherd also lost her job. After the baby was born, she reportedly refused to see the baby, attend its birth or sign its birth certificate. The little boy now lives with his father, who sued Ms. Shepherd for both alimony and child support. The court ordered her to pay both and also ordered her name to be put on the child’s birth certificate.
Child support matters often arise in cases, but they seldom involve this level of complexity. Child support laws are in place as a matter of public policy, as society believes it is important for both parents to contribute to their upbringing. A custodial parent who is experiencing difficulty in collecting the support that has been ordered by a court may want to seek the assistance of an attorney in attempting to have the order enforced.
Source: Le High Valley Live, “Court orders Sherri Shepherd to pay child support for surrogate son she abandoned,” Steve Weatherbe, Nov. 27, 2015.