Social change and advances in technology continue to affect the way families are formed in Florida and throughout the country, and not every state's laws have caught up with the changes.
For example, couples who are unable to give birth to a child together may choose a surrogate to carry the baby. However, as more disputes over these matters arise, it becomes clear that legal protections aren't in place in every situation. With that said, all parties involved should be acutely aware of their rights and responsibilities and ensure that the proper legal steps are taken.
Consider the case of television host Sherri Shepherd and her ex-husband Lamar Sally. The former spouses initially planned to have a child with the help of a surrogate. Sally's sperm was used to conceive the baby, but Shepherd's egg was not. The little boy was born on Aug. 5.
Shepherd claims that Sally only planned to divorce her and request child support, which Shepherd says she will refuse to pay. She also does not want to be a legal parent of the child or have a share of any parenting time. Sally, who plans to be a single parent, has requested child support from Shepherd.
While this case has its own unique details, the same can be said of all disputes over child custody and child support arrangements. If you are a parent going through a divorce or separation, then what are your main concerns and goals? What would be the best possible situation for you and your child? Are there aspects of the law you're uncertain about?
Our Florida family law overview has more on matters related to child custody and child support.
Source: New York Daily News, "Sherri Shepherd's surrogate gives birth to baby boy: report," Kirthana Ramisetti, Aug. 5, 2014