Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Reach Temporary Child Custody Agreement Amid Legal Battle

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas have settled on a temporary child custody agreement through the new year, weeks after the Game of Thrones star sued Joe to allow her to bring the children to the UK.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Oct 10, 2023 3:22 PMTags
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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are working on a plan for co-parenting their two lovebugs. 

As the Game of Thrones star and the singer work through the details of their divorce, one of the major points of contention has been whether daughters Willa, 3, and their 14-month-old whose initials have been revealed as DMJ, will reside in the U.S., where their dad is from, or their mom's native U.K. And after agreeing to not to move their daughters out of the greater New York City area in late Sept. amid mediation, the estranged couple have reached a more detailed interim agreement. 

According to legal documents obtained by E! News on Oct. 10, "due to the ongoing and productive nature of mediation," Joe and Sophie have agreed to split the next few months equally between them "in anticipation of an amicable resolution of all issues being reached."

And this arrangement, in effect through early Jan. 2024, includes how they'll split custody over the holidays. Sophie will have their daughters between Oct. 9 and 21, during which time she's allowed to bring them to the United Kingdom, then Joe will have the two girls until Nov. 2. The actress will subsequently have custody again until Nov. 22, with Joe having the girls for Thanksgiving and through Dec. 16, before once again going to Sophie through Jan. 7—with the 27-year-old having custody through Christmas and New Year's.  

E! News has reached out to reps for both Joe and Sophie but has not received an immediate response. 

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This temporary custody agreement—in place until a final settlement is reached—comes after Sophie filed a lawsuit against the Jonas Brothers member last month alleging that the 34-year-old was preventing their children, who are citizens in both the U.S. and U.K., from returning to "their habitual residence of England" by withholding their passports. 

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The Do Revenge star's lawsuit claimed jurisdiction under the International Child Abduction Remedies Act, a point which Joe's rep adamantly condemned

"The children were not abducted," the rep shared with E! News at the time of the suit's filing. "After being in Joe's care for the past three months at the agreement of both parties, the children are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim only to move the divorce proceedings to the UK and to remove the children from the U.S. permanently. [Joe's] wish is that Sophie reconsider her harsh legal position and move forward in a more constructive and private manner. His only concern is the well-being of his children."

Joe had officially filed for divorce from Sophie on Sept. 5, with the two sharing a joint statement to Instagram the following day. 

"After four wonderful years of marriage we have mutually decided to amicably end our marriage," read their Sept. 6 message. "There are many speculative narratives as to why but, truly this is a united decision and we sincerely hope that everyone can respect our wishes for privacy for us and our children."

And to look back on Joe and Sophie's best red carpet moments from their time together, keep reading. 

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2022: The Staircase Premiere
2022: Met Gala
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2021: Louis Vuitton Parfum Dinner
2020: Grammy Awards
2020: SAG Awards
2019: Dark Phoenix Premiere
2019: Chasing Happiness Premiere
2019: Met Gala
2019: Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere
2019: Vanity Fair Oscar Party
2018: Louis Vuitton Show at Paris Fashion Week
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