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Comedian and co-host of The View entangled in divorce issues

Florida residents may find it interesting to learn that a popular comedian and co-host of the daytime talk show "The View" has found herself in court over custody battles with her ex-husband and her current husband for her children, including one who has not even been born yet.

The 47-year-old Sherri Shepherd, who is the mother of one child and who is expecting another baby on the way soon, has been accused by her ex-husband of neglecting the welfare of her special needs son. He has alleged that Shepherd's hectic seven-day-a-week, non-stop work schedule has forced her to rely on hiring nannies who are woefully inexperienced at taking care of a special needs child.

He claims the sub-par help whom his son's mother has hired has resulted in their child acquiring woefully substandard reading skills measuring well below his current grade level, as well as almost having no ability to write whatsoever. He also claimed that their son cannot even tie his own shoes by himself without assistance.

Meanwhile, her current, but soon-to-be ex-husband has filed for full custody of their unborn child. The baby is being carried to term via a surrogate. What has complicated the matter is that the couple signed a prenuptial agreement at the time of their marriage, which provided, in part, that if the marriage was dissolved that she would retain full custody of the baby upon its birth.

Her husband has claimed that the prenuptial agreement should be considered null and void due to fraud. According to the terms of the prenuptial, her soon-to-be ex-husband is only entitled to a lump sum payment of $60,000.

However, in the absence of the prenuptial agreement, Shepherd's soon-to-be ex-husband could get alimony, since Shepherd earns far more than her husband. It is reported that just last year alone, she raked in a million dollars, which is far greater than the $30,000 his soon-to-be ex made during the same time period.

One need not be a celebrity to enter into a prenuptial agreement. However, when couples choose to sign a prenuptial agreement, the agreement must be fair and equitable. Anyone interested in drafting a prenuptial agreement may want to work with an experienced family law attorney to ensure that the terms are equitable.

Source: Guardian Liberty Voice, "Sherri Shepherd Custody Battle," Virginia Snowden, May 18, 2014

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