Sherri Shepherd’s ex-husband Lamar Sally is requesting a modification to the couple’s current child support order. Sally, 46, is asking the judge for an increase in child support for the couple’s 2-year-old son, Lamar Sally, Jr., according to People. The little boy was conceived using Lamar’s sperm and a donor egg, therefore, Shepherd technically does not have a genetic connection to the boy. The court ruled that Sherri must continue to pay child support for L.J., who is being raised by Lamar.
L.J. was born in August of 2014 after the seemingly happy couple broke up. Upon separating, their surrogate was already pregnant with L.J., which prompted a heated legal battle over who would be financially responsible for the child. Shepherd also fought to prevent her name from appearing on the birth certificate.
The ruling by the Pennsylvania court of appeals not to remove Sherri’s name was considered by the owner of the surrogacy agency who arranged the surrogacy as “a victory for all families formed through assisted reproductive arrangements,” according to People. The owner maintained it would allow parents and carriers to feel secure within the surrogacy community.
Lamar has now filed for a modification of child support because of Shepherd’s increased earnings, according to the court documents that were obtained by People. Sally sought to seek child support which correlated to Sherri’s current income level.
“Based upon all of the new projects that [Shepherd] is currently involved, I am informed and believe that she earns approximately $3 million per year, which is substantially more than what our previous support order was based upon.”
Lamar believes Shepherd’s earnings have increased by $1.8 million more than what the order was originally based upon when it was filed. According to documents, Sally claims that Shepherd’s payments of $4,100 a month are not sufficient to support their son. Lamar alleged that when the amount was negotiated, the former View star was only earning $1 million a year. He is now claiming her income has jumped to the $3 million range, according to the New York Daily News.
“That based upon a presumption that Sherri will earn no less than $1.2 million per annum; that Lamar will, can or should earn no less than $35,000 per annum; and that Sherri presently does not seek parenting time with the child,” the marital settlement statement read.
Sally has also revealed to People that his son “suffers from a genetic disorder known as G6PD,” which requires a costly diet that needs to be managed. L.J. eats only wholesome organic foods. The Everybody Loves Raymond actress was previously married to Jeff Tarpley and share a son named Jeffery.
Sally is also requesting that Shepherd shell out more money to pay his attorney’s fees and costs. Lamar wants $75,000 in compensation for his outstanding legal expenses pertaining to their divorce, according to the New York Daily News.
“I still have outstanding legal fees from our initial litigation fees three years ago, wherein [Shepherd] took the matter all the way to the Supreme Court. The litigation cost me well over $150,000, and left me with no savings and monthly payments. I anticipate this post judgement matter will be no different and costs in order to level the playing field.”
Lamar says Sherri has various streams of income which include acting jobs, stand up comedy gigs, and a 3 percent share in a wig company. These projects and businesses have brought in substantially more money to Shepherd, which means a new discovery process should begin.
“I am requesting attorney fees and costs in the amount of $75,000, due to [Shepherd’s] past litigation behavior. Additionally, [Shepherd] has several income streams and I anticipate that [she] will be forthcoming with documents, requiring discovery.”
Lamar currently works as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and generates around $140 and $186 per day, according to People.
Sally opened up to Page Six in March of 2016 and revealed that Shepherd has no part in raising their son. Lamar is now grappling with the fact that his son doesn’t have a mother in his life. The first-time dad has since joined “Single Dads of LA,” a California support group for dads raising their children alone.
“I found that’s a common story, where the mothers abandon the kids… I waited 40 years until I found someone. I wanted to do it right. [Sherri] put me through pure hell. I didn’t want to be a single father. I didn’t want my son to not know his mother’s touch.”
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