The difficult question of child custody in divorce is known all too well for many Californians. Coming to an agreement on how to divide parenting time can be the hardest issue to address when obtaining a separation. When a couple cannot agree on separating the kids, the State of California steps in and determines child custody based on the best interests of the child.
One recently divorced couple determined child custody on their own, but the outcome might not be what many expected. The separating spouses, one a famous TV personality and the other his estranged ex, had twin children using a surrogate. In the surrogacy process, each man fertilized one egg, and the two embryos were transferred into the surrogate. In this way, each man could be the biological father of one of the children. Sometime after fertilization, the relationship started to fall apart. After the twins were born, the men, married for ten years, separated.
They now live on opposite ends of the county. The men determined that each would take his biological child in the divorce. Thus the twins have been separated, each living with their respective biological fathers.
The decision was apparently a difficult one for the divorced couple, but the best they could muster during that difficult time. The parents have publicly stated they will make sure the children knows each other, but right now, the most important thing is providing a healthy and happy home for the kids.
Obtaining a divorce and making child custody decisions is a truly difficult hurdle in life. When parents have the best interests of the children in mind when making such decisions, they are doing absolutely all they can.
Source: Daily News, “David Tutera, ex Ryan Jurica separate their twins in custody battle after split,” Rachel Maresca, Sept. 13, 2013