The View host Sherri Shepherd has lost her bid to have her name removed from the birth certificate of her surrogate son.
A ruling on Monday stated Shepherd will now have to continue paying child support for the son she and her ex-husband Lamar Sally agreed to have while they were married.
Shephard’s lawyers had argued she should no longer have to pay for their one-year-old son, named Lamar Jr, who is being raised by her ex-husband.
The ruling by a Pennsylvania court was hailed “a victory” for all families formed through assisted reproductive arrangements, by the owner of the agency who arranged the surrogacy
It was in May 2014 Shepherd filed for divorce from Sally, 44, less than three years after they were married and two months later Sally petitioned a court in Los Angeles for full custody of a baby the two were expecting via surrogate.
Shepherd had no biological claim to the child as her egg was not used in the fertilization process and refused to be listed as the child’s guardian after he was born or pay child support .
This meant the surrogate was listed as the mother after the boy’s birth in August of last year and held legally responsible for the baby she was pregnant with only because she agreed to carry it for Shepherd and Sally.
A Pennsylvania judge ruled in April of this year however that Shepherd was legally the young boy’s mother and as such would be required to contribute to the child’s expenses.
Her name was put on the birth certificate, she was ordered to pay $4,100 a month child support and is responsible for carrying the baby on her health insurance until he is 18-years-old.
But an outraged Shepherd has been fighting the decision ever since.