Sherri Shepherd’s son, Jeffrey Charles Tarpley, was born in 2005 and was diagnosed with developmental delays that left him with special needs.
Jeffrey got better, and years after the miraculous success with his condition, Tarpley accused his former wife of being a bad mother and neglecting their son. According to him, his son was nearly illiterate and could not even tie his shoelaces.
The poor boy was allegedly left on his own while his mother focused solely on her career as a superstar. In 2011, the actress was awarded primary custody of their son, Jeffrey, after which she relocated him to New York, where she was co-hosting “The View.”
Tarpley’s goal seemed to be to fight his ex-wife for custody of his son. He made his move and asked the court for 50/50 custody of Jeffrey.
He demanded that her child support fees were raised asked that she foot $10,000 in attorney fees since her income was much higher than his. In an interview with ET, Tarpley’s lawyer Duane Folke spoke in detail about his client’s motivation to “rescue his son.”
Folke and his client believed that the boy’s father could do a better job for the nine-year-old who couldn’t tie his shoes and had issues with his hygiene, among many other complaints.
Shepherd fired back with a concise response, stating that she offered to give her ex time with their son on weekends with an overnight stay each week. Tarpley had apparently ignored the offer.
The court saw reason with Shepherd’s side of the story, and she was allowed to retain primary custody of the young boy.
What was, perhaps, most intriguing about the long and tedious back-and-forth was the fact that Tarpley and Sally were reportedly very good friends who went to court to face their ex as a bold unit.
When her former spouses were not trying to leech off all her money, Shepherd started relaxing into her life with her son, Jeffrey, and tried to follow up on the less-than-welcome child support fees she was paying.
Before Shepherd’s world descended into chaos, she was a co-host on ABC’s talk show, “The View,” alongside Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jenny McCarthy. For Sherri Shepherd, “The View” was not the place to be as her private affairs escalated.
Raising a kid all alone while having to deal with child support has not been easy for Shepherd. The actress took to Instagram to lament about the woes of being a single mom to her boy while shelling out thousands of dollars in child support every month.
She concluded that she would never stop working hard to get her life and her once-bubbling career back on track. She’s enjoying being the mother to her “moody teenager” who she complains is being a typical teenager by ignoring her. Regardless, Shepherd is certain that she’s going to turn out okay.