Sherri Shepherd, a co-host on The View, filed for divorce from her husband, Lamar Sally, earlier this week. The filing comes less than two weeks after Sally filed for a legal separation on May 2, 2014, in California.
In his filing, Sally requested full legal and physical custody of their unborn child (Shepherd has another son from a previous marriage). Records show that the pair has been married since 2011. Additionally, Sally is requesting that the couple's prenuptial agreement be deemed invalid due to fraud, and he is reportedly planning on petitioning the courts for spousal support. His request for support follows a growing trend of women paying their ex-husband alimony due to the fact that they were the major breadwinners throughout the duration of the marriage.
Shepherd seemingly ignored her estranged husband's legal separation filing making no mention of his action in the divorce documents she filed in New Jersey. According to TMZ, who first reported on the story this past Monday, Shepherd is citing irreconcilable differences as the grounds for divorce. In an attempt to keep her divorce out of the public eye, the television personality is refusing to speak publically about her current marital situation.
Sally, on the other hand, is very open about the pending divorce action. In an interview given to People Magazine, he claimed he has lost 50 pounds since the separation process began, citing he is "…on the divorce diet". He continued to joke with the magazine by saying, "Use a slim picture, not the fat one from six months ago". Sally has a surprisingly carefree attitude, especially considering the sensitive and difficult nature of a pending cross-country divorce and child custody battle that is bound to heat up.
The news of the divorce came as a surprise to many who were close to the couple, since the pair appeared to be happy, supportive and in love while in the public eye. Because of the abrupt and shocking announcement, many Hollywood gossip sites are speculating that a cheating scandal may be to blame for the dual filing.
However, just this morning, TMZ reported that Shepherd is gearing up to fight her soon-to-be ex-husband in court for custody of their unborn child. Additionally, the celebrity news outlet claims the couple's prenuptial agreement states that Shepherd would retain full physical and legal custody of any child born into their marriage. For Sally to be granted sole custody, he would need to prove that the prenuptial agreement is fraudulent, which is an incredibly difficult thing to accomplish. TMZ also reported that the prenupt clearly says Sally would only get one lump-sum payment of alimony, in the amount of $60,000.00. If he is successful in getting the agreement thrown out by a judge, Sally will be able to petition the courts for a much higher amount of money in spousal support.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, it is highly recommended that you retain an experienced matrimonial and family law attorney to represent you during your case. Not doing so can put you and your children at a great emotional, mental and even financial risk. Contact the New York City law firm of Brian D. Perskin & Associates at (646) 760-1428 or (718) 875-7584 to schedule your informational divorce consultation today!