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Sherri Shepherd's ex files for father's custody rights over son

It has not been a good spring for Sherri Shepherd. New York residents may have read about "The View" TV host's pending divorce from second husband Lamar Sally and the future custody battle over the couple's unborn child being carried by surrogate. Sally plans to exercise his father's custody rights by challenging the couple's prenuptial agreement giving Shepherd custody of their baby due to allegations of fraud.

People magazine has revealed that Shepherd is also involved in a custody battle with her first husband over their nine-year-old son. The magazine obtained copies of an emergency custody modification petition filed last month in Los Angeles Superior Court by Shepherd's first husband. In it, he alleges that their son suffered from "neglect" and that due to Shepherd's hectic work schedule, "unskilled nannies" provided the bulk of care for the boy. The father also said in the petition that his son can only read at a second grade level, can hardly write, has poor hygiene and is unable to tie his shoes.

The California judge ruled that there was no cause to issue a temporary emergency custody order, scheduling a July 21 hearing on the matter instead. The father's petition had sought temporary physical custody of the special needs child who remains living with his 47-year-old mother in New Jersey. The couple divorced in 2011 after a decade of marriage.

According to her ex-husband, Shepherd's heavy work schedule "caused her to neglect [their son] and deprive him access to basic educational needs, a nurturing and loving environment, and care that [he] so desperately needs."

While it is still common for many judges to automatically award custody to the mother, the trend is toward shared parenting and split custody arrangements that allow each parent roughly the same amount of time with their kids. If you are a father seeking a more equitable custody arrangement, a New York family law attorney can provide more information about amending your custody agreement to give you more quality time to spend with your children.

Source: New York Daily News, "Sherri Shepherd's first husband Jeffrey Tarpley files for full custody of their son" Margaret Eby, May. 17, 2014

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