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Sherri Shepherd doesn’t want child custody of surrogate baby

People who can't have children on their own sometimes turn to surrogacy as a way to have a child. The decision to have a surrogate carry a child is one that is usually made with considerable thought. In most cases, the parents of the child are usually extremely happy when a child is born. They take the child home to raise in a loving manner. In Sherri Shepherd's case, the surrogate giving birth wasn't such a joyous occasion.

Shepherd and her husband are in the middle of a bitter divorce. The child the surrogate was carrying was conceived with his sperm but not her egg. She doesn't want custody of the baby, and she doesn't want to be named as the baby's parent. She says that her ex only wanted to have the baby so he could collect child support after he divorced her.

Her husband attended the baby's birth, according to media reports. Shepherd didn't attend. On the day of the baby's birth, she announced that she would be part of a Broadway musical starting in September.

There are some instances in which people who are going through a divorce might opt not to seek child custody. While Shepherd's case is certainly unique, it does highlight the desire of some people to just allow the other parent to be the child's only parent.

Divorcees who are going through this should make sure that they are accurately represented in court. Knowing how to make your wishes known to a Virginia judge may help you to get the outcome that you so desire for the child custody case.

Source:  New York Daily News, "Sherri Shepherd's surrogate gives birth to baby boy: report" Kirthana Ramisetti, Aug. 05, 2014

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