A Los Angeles judge has ordered Sofia Vergara to pay her ex-fiancé, Nicholas Loeb $76,433 in attorney’s fees and $2,959.26 in costs amid their legal battle. This payment, which adds up to $79,392.26, is expected to be made within 30 days of notice of this ruling.
The Modern Family star was previously engaged to Loeb, breaking up in 2014. During their time together, the two discussed the possibility of having a child together using in-vitro fertilization and a third-party surrogate. In 2013, they visited the ART Reproductive Center to undergo the IVF process. Before beginning the procedure, both parties signed an agreement, which stated—among other things—that one person could not use the cryopreserved material to create a child without the explicit written consent of the other. According to court documents, two pre-embryos were created and survived to viability. These embryos were then placed in cryogenic storage at ART’s facilities, where they remain today.
After Vergara and Loeb ended their relationship in 2014, Loeb sought to obtain full custody of the embryos and bring them to term. However, the actress argued this violated their agreement. While the initial filing, dubbed the Santa Monica Action, was dismissed by Loeb, the two have continued to be in a legal battle over other aspects of the case.
Vergara has a son from her pervious relationship with Joe Gonzalez, is now married to Joe Manganiello since 2015.
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