Illinois residents might have heard about the divorce of former "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd. Since her divorce in 2014, Shepherd has been involved in legal disputes over the parentage of a child that was born through surrogacy. The ex is now raising the child, and Shepherd is paying $6,400 per month in child support.
The ex filed a petition in December asking a California family court to order Shepherd to pay more child support and reimburse him for his legal fees. According to the ex, Shepherd now earns significantly more money than she did when the initial child support order was calculated. The former husband also claims that the former couple's 2-year-old son has a genetic condition that requires frequent visits to the doctor and a strict diet.
A representative for Shepherd claims that the judge in California quickly dismissed the petition for more child support. The judge reportedly determined that California does not have jurisdiction in the legal matter; therefore, the ex must go to New Jersey to file a child support modification petition. Shepherd's legal team has stated that Shepherd is paying more child support than she is required to pay, and the payments could be reduced if the ex revisits the matter in a New Jersey family court.
A parent who is going through a divorce may want to have legal representation during child support negotiations. An attorney could help make sure that a child support calculation takes both parents' incomes and the child's expenses into account. If there is a significant change in income or expenses later on, an attorney could file a petition for a child support modification in the court that has jurisdiction.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Sherri Shepherd Wins 'Huge Victory' In Child Support Case," Brennan Williams, Jan. 24, 2017