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Inside Sherri Shepherd's bitter custody battle

Inside Sherri Shepherd's Bitter Custody Battle

Sherri Shepherd's first husband, Jeffrey Tarpley, filed for an emergency modification of custody over their 9-year-old son last month. ET's Nancy O'Dell offered to sit down with Tarpley and his lawyer Duane Folke to get Tarpley's side of the story, but only Tarpley's attorney showed up, begging the question: Where is Sherri's ex?

"I hoped he'd be here today. He wasn't," Folke said simply. "I don't see him as being irresponsible. I see him as relying on me to carry the burden."

In court papers filed in April, Tarpley accused "The View" co-host, 47, of making "poor parenting choices" and neglecting their son Jeffrey Tarpley, Jr., who has special needs. Later, Shepherd defended herself in documents claiming that she believes Tarpley is making up excuses "as part of his attempt to gain more custody and more child support."

"I can understand how people would look at that and be cynical from that standpoint," said Folke. "Whether he sees a dime from her or not, the idea is that he wants to be the primary custodial caretaker of his kid."

Folke adds, "We have a 9-year-old kid who unfortunately can't tie his shoes [and has] issues with his personal hygiene and other things. As a father, [Tarpley] believes he can do a better job."

In addition to the custody battle with Tarpley, Shepherd is also fighting estranged husband Lamar Sally for custody of their unborn child.

Sally is asking for full custody of the baby that is to be born by surrogate on July 28. Folke points out that Sally has a great relationship with Tarpley and will be one of his "key witnesses."

Can't keep it all straight? Here's a quick timeline

Shepherd wed Jeff Tarpley in 2001. Their child, Jeffrey, was born in 2005. The pair split up in 2009.

Shepherd got engaged to Lamar Sally in 2010, and Sally filed for separation on May 2nd, 2014. Shepherd then filed for divorce on May 12, 2014.

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bily May 21 2014 at 8:34 AM

This woman is shockingly stupid, she said on the View that she was not sure if the earth was flat or round, and she was serious, seriously dumb.

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Practical Nomad May 21 2014 at 8:36 AM

Sherri needs a reality check. Her expectations are unreasonable, she wants all and seems willing to give none. Two failed marriages and a child she appears to have little time for, with another on the way she'll have little time for. For someone who claims to be a Christian and is so involved with her Bible, Sherri certainly doesn't practice what she preaches, or what GOD instructs Human beings/Christians to be. Most people are "very" tired of her "pulpit" attitude on The View. Behind the scenes she's no Christian and a very intolerant person.

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Sharon May 21 2014 at 8:55 AM

That's a shame these "Lazy" azz men seek to get custody merely for money..

this lady works hard and they BOTH see she is making money, so they want to use the kids to ruin her and get her money...
the boy is 9 year old...why didn't he want to get custody when he was 3 or 4?
All of a suddent BOTH of these "Leechs" wants MONEY from Sherre

I say to both of them " get off your lazy butts" and get a JOB and stop trying to leech off of Sherri using the kids.

It's all about money, everybody wants money, the lawyer wants money....MEN don't want the responsibility of raising KIDS!

My prayers goes out to Sherri...

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The Canoli King May 21 2014 at 8:48 AM

JUST another RACIST TV un-personality.

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blkvending May 21 2014 at 9:13 AM

Sherri knows it all, can't keep her mouth shut on the View. Figure it out pig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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James M. Adams May 21 2014 at 6:44 AM

When I saw the photo I assumed that Michelle was back in the news asking someone to bring "our" girls back, or lecturing us on what we shouldn't eat.

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ducklakeman May 21 2014 at 7:59 AM

now the babies' daddies are turning the screws on the babies momma...... bet the dumb ass obama lover will appeal to the lying s.o. b. to intervene.

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september May 21 2014 at 8:24 AM

THe men are garbage, looking for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Sheri get a good Lawyer and Kick their ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbra Walters give Sheri a helping hand.

Good Luck Single Mom that is responsible.

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rhill65 May 21 2014 at 6:34 AM

Who cares what this tub does!

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ducklakeman May 21 2014 at 8:01 AM

awww. that cute little obama lover... with his afro and all........ how..... cute.

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