While Heidi Klum and Seal may be attempting to divide custody of their
four children in a non-contentious manner, other celebrity custody battles
have often been acrimonious. Here's a few that you might remember:
Kevin Federline and Britney Spears: Their two sons were taken from Spears
after she disobeyed a court order regarding random drug testing and driving
without a valid license. Amid accusations of drug addiction and untreated
mental illness, Federline obtained sole custody.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger: After their divorce in 2000, the pair traded
accusations of unfit parenting. Their custody battle concluded somewhat
in 2004 when they split custody of their daughter Ireland provided they
obey a gag order that prevented them from speaking negatively about each
other publicly. However, Baldwin's visitation rights were suspended
in 2007 after a tape of him referring to Ireland as a "thoughtless
little pig" was leaked to the press. His rights were reinstated after
he issued a public apology.
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards: Richards accused Sheen of being addicted
to prescription drugs and having a fascination with underage girls, which
Sheen denied. Richards filed court papers in 2007 requesting Sheen be
limited to monitored visitation with their two children. In 2008 they
came to a custody agreement, but the details were not shared with the public.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston: Houston and Brown both have long histories
of drug abuse, and Brown has a criminal record. Pot met kettle when they
feuded over custody of their daughter Bobbi Kristina before their divorce
became final in 2007, with both parents accusing each other of being "unreliable".
Houston ended up with full custody, but a few months later Brown filed
papers complaining that Houston was alienating him from Bobbi Kristina.
These very public custody battles might cause you to think that in a divorce,
determining the parameters of child custody agreements will always be
contentious. That doesn't have to be the case. Our firm has handled
many child custody cases in a non-combative, collaborative manner, especially
via the process of mediation. But if you are in fact dealing with an uncooperative
or overly aggressive co-parent, we are experienced in fighting for what
you feel is best for you and your children.