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Child custody dispute erupts over unborn child

Parents who go through a legal separation or divorce may inevitably have to face the issue of split parenting time. It is the simple truth, when parents no longer live under the same roof, following a separation, there will be a change in the family dynamics. Nonetheless, these battles may be even trickier when a child is not born yet, and the parents are already in the middle of a parenting dispute.

This is the case with well-known celebrity talk show host, Sherri Shepherd. She and her husband, Lamar Sally, were married for nearly three years, but have now parted ways and filed for legal separation. The legal separation is further complicated by the fact that Shepherd is pregnant, and Sally is asking for complete legal and physical custody of the unborn baby.

Previously, the couple struggled to get pregnant and, subsequently, turned to surrogacy. They are using a surrogate to carry the child whose expected due date is July 28. The parents know they are expecting a son and have already picked a name.

Sally's legal fight does not stop with custody. He is asking that Shepherd only be allowed reasonable visitation time in addition to a request for a court order to prevent Shepherd from meddling with the baby and father. Sally also wants his attorney's fees paid for and spousal support from his soon-to-be ex-wife. The couple apparently had a prenuptial agreement, but Sally claims that this agreement is invalid due to fraud.

Parents love their children and struggle to give up any amount of time spent with them, much less losing custody altogether. Parents who are in the middle of such a custody dispute must keep the best interests of the children in mind, and this is accomplished by making well-informed and reasonable decisions throughout the process.

Source: People, "Sherri Shepherd's Husband Files for Separation, Seeks Custody of Their Unborn Child," K.C. Blumm, May 9, 2014

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