Monday, an appeal court upheld a lower court’s decision that previously decided that Sherri Shepherd cannot remove her name from 1-year old LJ’s birth certificate, PEOPLE reported.
LJ is a product of a surrogate pregnancy in 2013 that started before The View cohost and her now ex-husband Lamar Sally split.
Surrogate carrier Jessica Bartholomew was still pregnant at the time.
Since the baby’s birth Shepherd has been trying to fight being parentally responsible for the offspring.
The two entered a settlement regarding payment of child support which is ongoing. In April, a Pennsylvania judge ordered the support and ruled that Shepherd is legally the baby’s mom.
But Shepherd appealed a trial court ruling denying her from removing her name from his birth certificate.
Her name was originally not included because she was not present at the birth, and refused to acknowledge she was the mother, resulting in litigation, Melissa Brisman, owner of the New Jersey-based Reproductive Possibilities, previously told PEOPLE.
Shepherd told the magazine in August that the only reason she agreed to the surrogacy is because she feared Sally wild leave her if she didn’t.
The View alum Sherri Shepherd is opening up about her controversial surrogacy and divorce.
Four months ago, a judge ordered the comedic actress to pay child support for the surrogate child she and her ex husband Lamar Sally arranged to bring into this earth but was born after the couple split.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Shepherd suggests she agreed to the surrogacy in the first place out of fear Sally might have left her if she didn’t.
“My situation was a sense of, I didn’t state what I needed and what I wanted and what I didn’t want for being scared of somebody leaving the relationship,” Sherri told the magazine at a recent charity event. “There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, ‘That’s not going to work for me. I don’t want that.’”
Sherri has plans to file an appeal to the Pennsylvania judge’s ruling.
“He’s happy,” adds Sherri. “There nothing I can do. It’s out of my hands. You move on and I have a son. I have to take care of him so everything is good.”
Sherri also has a son named Jeffrey from her marriage to ex-husband Jeff Tarpley.