Sherri Shepherd, one of the co-hosts of “The View,” recently won one of her child custody cases. Shepherd’s ex-husband filed for temporary physical custody of their 9-year-old son, claiming that Shepherd’s job was of more importance to her than their child. However, a judge denied the man’s claim, saying that nothing “material” had changed and that the custody arrangement would remain as is.

Unfortunately for Shepherd, she has another custody battle to fight. She is having a child with her estranged husband, though they are having it via surrogate, which complicates the matter. The child has not been born yet, further complicating the case. Shepherd contests that she should have full custody of the unborn child, and she is contesting the prenuptial agreement that she signed with her estranged husband.

There are two things to learn from this story, and the first is in regards to child custody cases. These matters are always emotional and difficult for the spouses, and they often lead to drawn out and bitter court battles. Child custody cases are never simple if the spouses can’t agree on joint custody, and it is very important to have experienced legal counsel on your side to help you fight your case.

The other factor here is Shepherd’s decision to contest the prenuptial agreement. It used to be that prenups were “ironclad documents,” and that the contracts simply couldn’t be contested. But that isn’t the case anymore. In fact, there have been successful appeals of prenups in recent years.

Source: Huffington Post, “Sherri Shepherd Wins Custody Battle Over Her Son,” Katherine Fung, July 23, 2014