Sherri Shepherd
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A Pennsylvania judge ruled that Sherri Shepherd is still obligated to pay her ex-husband Lamar Sally child support for a child the couple had via a surrogate. L.J. was born in August 2014, and Shepherd has been battling the courts since his birth over the fact that she didn’t feel obligated to pay her ex support.

On Monday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to hear Shepherd’s appeal after a lower court determined that she was the child’s legal mother and ordered her to pay child support in November. The baby was born using Sally’s sperm and a donor’s egg. Shepherd had contended that her and Sally’s marriage was a fraud and thus she shouldn’t be held responsible for the baby.

In November, when Shepherd lost her first appeal, Sally expressed his happiness.

“I’m glad it’s finally over,” Sally told People magazine. “I’m glad the judges saw through all the lies that she put out there, and the negative media attention. If she won’t be there for L.J. emotionally, I’ll be parent enough for the both of us.” 

Shepherd is now obligated to continue her payment of $4,100 a month to Sally.