Celebrity Custody Cases: Sofia Vergara, Sherri Shepherd, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelly Rutherford

Several celebrities are making news concerning bitter custody battles. The battles surround custody of frozen embryos, a surrogate baby, an adopted child, and two young children living 6,000 miles away from their mother.

TMZ reported that an embryo battle is going on between Sofia Vergara and her former fiancé. Nick Loeb sued Vergara for embryos they created together when they were a couple. Sofia wants the embryos to remain frozen. Nick wants to bring the embryos to term.

Loeb says, “In my view, keeping them frozen forever is tantamount to killing them.”

Nick says he wouldn’t ask Sofia to parent the children, pay for them, or be involved in any way if she didn’t want. The contract stipulated that both needed to sign off in order for the embryos to be brought to term, but it didn’t mention what would happen if they separated, which they did.

According to People magazine, Sherri Shepherd lost the court battle over financial responsibility for a baby boy born via a surrogate last July. A judge declared Shepherd the legal mother of the 8-month-old boy. Because her eggs were not used, Shepherd felt that after divorcing Lamar Sally, she was not legally responsible for the baby. A Pennsylvania judge saw it differently.

Her name must go on the birth certificate as the boy’s mother. This does not mean she has to physically take care of the child, but she is responsible to support him financially. A Los Angeles judge will decide how much Shepherd will have to provide for the baby.

Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds are locked in a bitter divorce since they announced a split in February. The Los Angeles Times reported that Michelle wants full custody of 2-year-old adopted daughter Dakota. Michelle’s lawyer says full custody is necessary to protect the child’s “general welfare.”

Michelle claims Rosie is a distant parent who lets “24/7″ nannies raise their children.

“Because I want what’s best for Dakota. And what’s best for Dakota is to be with me. I am the better mother.”

Rosie sources say Rosie is a “devoted mother,” and her parenting skills and dedication are well-documented.

One source says, “Michelle can’t even raise a dog… she’s given multiple dogs away.”

Kelly Rutherford, the actress best known for Gossip Girl, has been going through a brutal custody battle with her ex-husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, since their split in 2009.

Giersch’s U.S. visa was revoked, and he moved to Monaco. A judge ruled that the children should live in France with Giersch since he is not allowed back in the United States. Instead, Rutherford can continue flying back and forth between the U.S. and France to see 8-year-old son Hermes and 5-year-old daughter Helena, according to the Washington Post.

“They will retain their United States citizenship and, once they reach the age of majority, they will be free to choose where they reside. The best interests of the children will be served because the relocation plan for France is the only plan that offers the possibility of nearly equal parenting time while Giersch cannot return to the U.S.”

Hopefully, for the sake of the children, these bitter custody battles will be resolved.

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