Sherri Shepherd will remain the legal mother of the child she and her ex-husband Lamar Sally welcomed via surrogate in July 2014.
On Tuesday, March 1, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denied the 48-year-old actress’ request to review a judge’s past April 2015 ruling that her name must be on the child’s birth certificate. The court additionally ruled Sherri must continue to pay Lamar, 45 — who has full custody of Lamar Sally, Jr., 19 months — $4,000 a month in child support payments.
Sherri and Lamar in June 2013.
“After numerous court battles over the past two years, I am glad this case is finally over and that the ruling that Sherri is the legal mother to our son will stand. Now I can fully focus on raising my son,” Lamar said in a statement released by his attorney, according to E! News.
Prior to their May 2014 split, Sherri and Lamar planned to have a child via surrogate — using Lamar’s sperm and another woman’s egg — until the former The View co-host had a change of heart just a few months into the surrogate’s pregnancy.
Sherri and her son Jeffrey in July 2014.
“Sometimes things don’t work out and you find out the person you’re with is a completely different person. But I’m working through it. I refuse to let anything hold me down,” Sherri previously said of her divorce from Lamar in an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly.
“Everybody’s got something, it’s just about how you handle it. For me, I’m going to handle my situation by smiling my way through it… It is what it is,” Sherri — who has a 10-year-old son, Jeffrey, from her first marriage to Jeff Tarpley — told Closer.