Celebrity splits are common in Celebville but things often turn ugly when children are involved
From fighting over child support to arguing over visitation rights, custody battles can turn into a nightmare.
There is always a lesson to be learned, not only for the families involved, but also for onlookers who might be going through something similar.
Here’s a look at famous custody battles and the lessons we can all learn from them.
Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian: Put your child’s needs first
Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian’s custody battle over their daughter Dream tuned ugly very quickly.
According to People magazine, Blac Chyna originally demanded full custody of Dream, with Rob getting visitation. Rob had to fork out $20 000 (about R304 000) a month in child support and later claimed he could no longer afford the amount. He told the court he was in debt, his businesses were failing and he had to move back in with his mother Kris Jenner. Some believed this was a ploy to not give Blac Chyna any money, but the reality star’s claims seemed legit.
The former lovers took swipes at each other in their back-and-forth custody battle, which started in 2017, but they eventually came to their senses, um, we mean an agreement.
“Robert and I only concern is what’s in the best interest of our daughter that we both equally love. Additionally, Robert is a wonderful father to our Dreamy! (sic)” Blac Chyna tweeted after they reached a custody agreement in February 2019.
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Tumisho Masha and Zozibini Mtongana: Communication is key
Tumisho Masha admits that his custody battle with his wife Zozibini Mtongana was so bad that he cried often. One of the lowest points in their messy divorce was the actor’s 2018 arrest. He spent 13 hours in a police holding cell after being arrested for taking his daughter out of the province without Zozibini’s permission.
“It’s been three years that we have been walking this path with very ugly legal situations, court scenes that were straight out of a movie… And only now – only this year did I finally get a piece of paper from the court that said I can see my child and how I can see her, in a way that’s not satisfying, but better than it was before,” he told Elana Afrika on her ‘Baby Brunch’ podcast in March 2019.
Despite their ugly custody battle, Tumisho and Zozibini finally came to an agreement in August 2019 after finalising their divorce.
“We will continue to co-parent our four-year-old daughter and remain civil to each other to ensure that as parents we give our daughter the love and care she needs,” Tumisho said in a statement.