Sherri Shepherd to Retain Physical Custody of 9-Year-Old Son

A request by the TV star's ex-husband to change their custody agreement was denied in court

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One of Sherri Shepherd’s two custody battles is now over.

The View co-host appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for a hearing to determine if her ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley’s petition for temporary physical custody of their son Jeffrey, 9, would be approved or denied.

Judge Michelle Williams ruled against Tarpley’s request, citing that “there has not been a material change in circumstances,” according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.

In his declaration, filed on April 2, Tarpley claimed that Shepherd was neglecting their son through “poor parenting choices and refusal to provide for our child’s immediate needs.”

Tarpley cited Shepherd’s busy work schedule as the main reason for her alleged neglect, stating that her “career is seven days per week non-stop.”

“I stand behind my character and integrity,” Shepherd told PEOPLE in June. “You can’t hold me down – I’m a wonderful mama.”

In May, it was also revealed that Shepherd and estranged husband Lamar Sally had split, and that a custody battle was brewing over their unborn child via surrogate. That case remains unresolved.

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