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Sherri Shepherd's divorce pending in 2 states' courts

Sherri Shepherd of "The View" and her husband Lamar Sally are headed for divorce courts in two states in what appears to be a seriously contentious battle.

Sally was the first to file for legal separation in the California court, and Shepherd filed a divorce petition in New Jersey, citing irreconcilable differences. They married in August of 2011, after being introduced a couple years before by friends of Shepherd.

The couple are expectant parents; a surrogate is due in July with their son conceived through in vitro fertilization. The baby is to be named Lamar Sally, Jr. Shepherd's petition made no mention of the unborn child, while Sally's pleadings indicate that he wants both physical and legal custody, giving Shepherd only visitation rights.

Sally also petitioned the court to have the prenuptial agreement invalidated due to "fraud." Shepherd's court filing asks for enforcement of the pre-nup.

As reported by People magazine, many close to the TV host had no idea that something was amiss. Shepherd has made no public comments regarding the flurry of divorce filings, and coworkers had no idea a surrogate was carrying a child for the couple. On a recent weekday afternoon Shepherd sent out a retweet of a quote in which she had been flagged: "I know that for me I have to get out of the way and let God take control."

Shepherd's TV presence alone will be enough for this divorce to remain headline fodder, especially since she has already fielded questions about an alleged cheating incident and issued a denial. If her husband follows through with his fight to declare the prenuptial agreement invalid, this high asset divorce could drag on in the courts as both parties seek to establish jurisdiction in different states.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Sherri Shepherd fires back at Lamar Sally with her own divorce docs" Christie D'Zurilla, May. 12, 2014

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