One Direction fans in Texas may have heard that singer Louis Tomlinson is fighting with the mother of Freddie Reign, his 5-month-old son, about custody. He and the child's mother, Briana Jungwirth, had originally put a temporary agreement in place that addressed regular visitation although there were no overnights included. The stipulation was that they would go to court if the terms of the temporary agreement did not work out.
Tomlinson is now asking for joint legal and physical custody. He alleges that Jungwirth is not letting him see the child consistently.
Reports say that Tomlinson is also paying rent on the $1 million home in California where the mother and child live as well as $15,000 monthly in child support. In addition, he pays $15,000 monthly in child support. However, once the couple turns to litigation, a judge will have the say regarding support and other expenses.
When a couple splits up, negotiating child custody can be one of the most painful aspects of the divorce. The court generally takes the attitude that a child is best served by spending time with both parents. Parents who have particular concerns around issues such as abuse or international child abduction should discuss those concerns with their respective attorneys. Absent these types of major problems, children usually benefit from parents who are about to work together constructively as co-parents in the aftermath of a divorce. An attorney may be able to assist in creating a parenting agreement that anticipates conflicts that arise and puts a structure in place for solving any conflicts.
Source: Bustle, "Louis Tomlinson Reportedly Files For Joint Custody Of Son Freddie Reign," Allyson Koerner, June 30, 2016