Sherri Shepherd had her day in family court recently, and came out on top.
A California judge apparently threw out her ex-husband Lamar Sally’s legal bid for increased child support payments for their two-year old son Lamar Jr., Shepherd’s rep said in a statement. Shepherd and Sally welcomed the child via surrogate after the couple split.
The judge determined that New Jersey has exclusive and ongoing jurisdiction over the child support case, which Sally tried to take California.
Sally currently receives $6,400 a month in child support and was asking the court for what Shepherd’s legal team called an “exorbitant and absurd” monthly increase, as well as $75,000 in attorney fees and costs, her rep said.
In court documents, Sally requested an increase of that amount because Shepherd earns upwards of $3 million per year, a $1.8 million increase from what their previous support order was based upon. Sally was asking for more money because their son suffers from a genetic disorder that requires a strict diet and frequent medical visits, TMZ reported.
The exes married in 2011, and began to pursue surrogacy using Sally’s sperm and an egg donor. But upon separating in April 2014, their surrogate was already pregnant. This launched a years-long legal battle over who would be financially responsible for the future of the child. Shepherd also fought to prevent her name from being printed on the birth certificate.
“Shepherd now hopes that her ex will stop his frivolous attempts to get more money out of her and will seek gainful employment to take care of his child like any other capable parent,” he rep said.