Financial Lovemaking: Is Sherri Shepherd’s husband screwing her financially?

by Dr Boyce Watkins

Sherri Shepherd’s divorce from her estranged husband Lamar Sally is getting uglier by the second. Sally recently rejected Sherri’s offer of $100,000, plus $3,000 per month in child support during the court battle over the split. It only appears to be getting worse at this point.

At issue is the prenuptial agreement that the couple signed when they were married just three years ago. The agreement called for Sally to receive $60,000 in a lump sum if the two were to ever divorce, and that would be it.

Since that time, Shepherd and Sally agreed to have a surrogate child together, and after the contractual commitment was made, their marriage started to fall apart. Shepherd has maintained that she is in no way obligated to help pay for the living expenses for the child.

This nasty divorce provides quite a few talking points for Financial Lovemaking, which is built upon the idea that love and money should mix peacefully and not in a way that creates emotional volatility. First, we have to ask if Shepherd is reasonable to expect that she won’t have to pay child support and alimony just because she’s a woman. Secondly, there is the question of why prenuptial agreements are sometimes not as iron clad as we’d like. Finally, there is the whole idea that marriage is a lifetime commitment, even if the people getting married choose not to stay that way.

In the video at the top of the article, I speak with Ebony Magazine Entertainment Director S. Tia Brown on this issue, and we dig through this on-going drama to find those teachable points that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s all very interesting when you slice it up and look for lessons you can apply in your own life. Check it out.

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