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Sherri Shepherd faces 2 child custody battles at once

There may be no more difficult experience for a parent than a child custody battle. Facing the prospect of losing time with one's child can be incredibly emotional, frustrating and confusing. Many Georgia residents may be aware that one of the co-hosts of the popular daytime television show "The View" is currently in the midst of not one but two custody disputes.

Sherri Shepherd and her husband were expecting a child via a surrogate when the two filed for divorce last month. The baby is due in late July and a custody battle is brewing over the unborn child. Shepherd also has a 9-year-old son from a previous marriage, and her ex-husband has recently sought full custody of that child.

The ex-husband filed for a modification to their existing child custody order. In his filing, he asked for the emergency modification based upon Shepherd's alleged poor parenting and neglect of their son.

Shepherd has denied these claims and suggested that her ex simply wants more custody and child support and is thus making baseless allegations.

Because Shepherd is a star, both of these personal family disputes are playing out in the public eye.

While this case has many elements that may seem unusual, the basic themes here are not all that uncommon in child custody cases in Georgia. Couples do sometimes end their marriages while a baby is on the way, and determining a custody arrangement for an unborn child can be very complicated. In Georgia, parents may also go back to court to modify child custody or child support orders when significant factors--such as a child's needs or a parental or financial issue--arise. And, many child custody battles do involve mud-slinging, although this is unfortunate. 

The stakes are high in any child custody case. Seeking skilled legal counsel can help you protect your parental rights as you pursue an arrangement that will meet the best interests of your child(ren).

Source: Entertainment Tonight, "Inside Shepherd's Bitter Custody Battle," May 19, 2014

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