Sadly, Sherri Shepherd’s relationship woes and custody issues continue to escalate as TMZ is reporting today that not only is her current estranged husband, Sal suing her for custody of their unborn baby, but her ex-husband is also suing for full custody of their son Jeffrey. The bombshell of the story is that her ex-husband Jeff Tarpley filed for custody of Jeffery BEFORE either Sal or Sherri filed any paperwork, according to TMZ. This does not bode well for Sherri.
That said, the reasons that Jeff Tarpley lists as needing an emergency modification of their custody agreement seem a bit flimsy. Jeffrey was a premature baby who had to fight for his life when he was born. I am not aware of his specific special needs but Sherri has spoken about them on many occasions. He has overcome so many odds to develop into the kid he is today. It is unfair of his father to suggest that Sherri is a bad mother because as his paperwork suggests Jeffrey “can’t tie his shoes” or reads “at the second grade level.” Children with learning disabilities to not progress at the same rate as other kids. There are plenty of 9-year-olds who read at the second grade level that do not have his congenital issues. He also suggests that his hygiene skills are lacking. Perhaps there is more too it than that, but having taught 9-year-old boys, I can tell you that a lot of them have poor hygiene. It’s called being a nine-year-old boy. His case is best made by pointing out that Sherri works a lot and according to him leaves him with “unqualified nannies.”
I realize that Sherri has a lucrative and busy career, as do many women who are exceptional mothers. However, children with special needs require A LOT of personal attention and care. Young boys need a father figure. Now that Sal is no longer around to provide that role, perhaps it is in the best interest of the child to let the parent with the most time to give their child take full custody. That said, I have a suspicion that Sherri’s ex probably has no idea the amount of energy it takes to raise a special needs child. Perhaps he should be careful what he asks for.
Four years ago, Jeff Tarpley posted an open letter to Sherri. It was rather lengthy, but well-written. In the letter he essentially asked her to please stop her FIVE YEAR tirade against him on The View and her other public outlets. He suggested is was harmful to his career (actor/comedian). Below is an excerpt from that letter.
“Sherri’s career has sky-rocketed, and regardless of how she’s unfairly treated me publicly, I truly wish her the best. She is, after all, the mother of my son. I’ve owned up to the mistakes I’ve made and I never claimed to be perfect. All I ask is that that she no longer dwell on the past; and instead, let’s move on with our lives while providing our son the best possible care. Can you imagine if I were the one with a hit daytime talk show and trashed her at every available opportunity; or created a character in a sitcom for the sole purpose of attacking her reputation? I know Sherri, and she would have spoken out well before year five; probably before hour five.
“The issues in our marriage that Sherri continually refers to happened around the time that Jeffrey was born. One thing Sherri never can deny nor has denied is the deep love and close bond I have with our son. Jeffrey will soon be socializing and interacting with other children, and eventually he will be able to search the Internet, where he’ll find article after article and countless video clips of his mom exacting a public revenge against his dad. Jeffrey does not deserve to grow up knowing that his mom used her notoriety to paint an inaccurate picture of his dad for the world to see. If not for me, it’s time to move on for the sake of our son.”
The judge denied Jeff’s request for an emergency order; however, he has set a hearing for July to rule on the matter.
As I shared previously, Sal filed for separation in California and planned to file for divorce once his residency has been re-established. Despite being underemployed or unemployed in recent years, he has hired a very high-powered California attorney. Sal is asking for primary physical custody of their unborn child which is due to arrive in July. He is also asking to have the prenuptial agreement thrown out based on fraud. The fraud allegations are usually due to the belief that one of the parties did not accurately list all of their assets.
Sherri filed for divorce in New Jersey days after Sal filed for separation. It appears from her filing that the custody of their as yet not conceived child was determined in the prenup. I’ve never heard of such a thing but, I’m not a prenup attorney. Those documents probably have all sorts of odd provisions. It also says that the only pay out to Sal would be $60K
Meanwhile, Sherri has given no indication that there is any sort of problems at home. But she did recently remove her wedding ring and no longer wears it on the show.
According to TMZ shortly after Sal and Sherri married, Sal requested she sign this addendum to the prenup
— “I respect my husband’s opinions and recognize him as the leader of our home. I will always speak well of my husband.”
— “I enjoy having sex with my husband. I crave intimacy with him and want to be uninhibited and free in our lovemaking.”
— “MY BODY IS IMPORTANT TO ME. I STRIVE TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT AND EXERCISE AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK.” (HIS emphasis)
— “It is my joy to submit to my husband as a way to honor God.”
Sherri refused to sign. Sal contacted TMZ to deny such an event took place and told TMZ “We had a lot of love in our marriage. I still love her. To no one’s fault, at some point, we started to view marriage differently. I refuse to let her friend’s, advisors, hanger-on’s and the media sullen those memories.”
Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz32006U7Vz
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