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Sherri Shepherd loses appeal, will pay child support

Pennsylvania residents following actress Sherri Shepherd's surrogacy case may be interested to learn that the court denied her appeal to hear her child support case on March 1. Shepherd was ordered to pay more than $4,000 per month for a child that was born through surrogacy with her former husband.

The actress had reportedly spent more than $100,000 to have a child through surrogacy with her then husband. However, the two divorced in New Jersey prior to the child being born. Shepherd had not wanted to be financially responsible for the child; however, a lower court ordered her to pay support. According to surrogacy advocates, the ruling was the first in the state of Pennsylvania to declare that surrogacy contracts were binding, even if the couple split before the birth of the child.

When a child is born, both parents are expected to financially provide for that child. Those who are seeking support from the other parent may need to seek a court order that shows that they were awarded a certain amount of child support each month. However, there may be instances where the parent believes that they should not owe support or that they should owe less.

For example, the court determines the amount of child support that is owed based on a child support formula. If the parent's financial situation changes and they can no longer afford the monthly payments, an attorney may help the parent lower their amount. If the parent does not believe that the child is theirs, the attorney may help them get a paternity test or argue that they did not want the child if the child was born through surrogacy.

Source: Fox 11 Eyewitness News, "Actress Sherri Shepherd loses surrogacy case, will pay support for child", Associated Press, March 1, 2016

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