A former co-host of the popular daytime talk show 'The View" wants her child support case heard by Pennsylvania's highest court. A judge ruled in April 2015 that Sheri Shepherd is legally and financially responsible for a child born to her ex-husband and a surrogate mother, but the former talk show co-host is unhappy with the decision and has petitioned the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear her appeal.
Shepherd claims that the Pennsylvania Superior Court judge should not have declared her the mother of the surrogate child as the state's laws base parentage on either genetics and biology or adoption. She says that this makes the surrogate contract that she entered into unenforceable under Pennsylvania law. The 48-year-old star filed for divorce in May 2014 after less than three years of marriage, but the split came after the surrogate contract had been signed and the baby was on the way.
Shepherd is also seeking to have the order that she pay child support overturned, but the star's former husband says that the star should not be able to shirk her parental duties just because there is no biological link. Shepherd was also ordered to pay some of the costs incurred by the surrogate mother. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is expected to decide whether or not to hear the case within 90 days.
Legal battles that move from one court to another can be ruinously expensive, and they offer no guarantee of a successful outcome no matter how compelling the arguments of the parties involved may be. Experienced family law attorneys may suggest alternative approaches such as mediation to divorcing couples who hope to resolve contentious issues such as child custody, visitation and spousal support in a more constructive and supportive environment.