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Custody dispute involving actress Lena Headey

Texas fans of actress Lena Headey may be interested to learn that she is involved in a custody dispute with her ex-husband. However, one source has denied reports that a judge ruled that she violated a custody agreement.

Headey's former husband, Peter Loughran, is supposed to have 10 visitation days each month with their 6-year-old son. However, Headey moved the child from Los Angeles to England and enrolled him in school, as she reportedly felt the school system was better.

Headey says that she got Loughran's approval for the move. However, some sources say that this is not the case. Furthermore, she will be required to pay for Loughran's travel to visit the boy. Although she was supposed to return with the child on Sept. 5, she has been given permission to keep the child in England until she has finished filming "Game of Thrones". Headey and Loughran married in 2007 and split up in 2011.

Child custody can be a difficult issue to negotiate, but some studies have shown that in an amicable divorce, children adjust better. By working together rather than going before a judge to have custody decided, parents may be able to create a flexible plan that works for their family. Parents can also work with their respective attorneys to negotiate a parenting agreement that may cover a myriad of issues including children's activities, when a child will be introduced to a parent's new partner, and how vacations will be handled. If one parent wants to move out of the area, it is usually necessary to return to court and get the judge's approval.

Source: New York Daily News, "'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey ordered by judge to bring son back to Los Angeles" Peter Sblendorio, Oct. 27, 2016

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