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According to Sophie Turner’s lawsuit, Joe Jonas is refusing to return their children to England, their agreed-upon family home.
Obviously, in the wake of their abrupt split and the apparent smear campaign against Sophie (it backfired), there’s a lot going on.
Tensions are high. And this divorce looks poised to get much uglier.
Sophie might not have her children’s passports, but she can spend time out and about with them. And, this week, she did.
Just hours after filing her suit in Manhattan court this week, Sophie Turner was out and about with her 3-year-old daughter, Willa.
The adorable mother-daughter duo were smiling and holding hands (when Sophie wasn’t outright carrying Willa) in New York.
Alongside a friend, they stopped by for art supplies at CVS. Willa had a doll with her. And, later that day, Sophie went out to lunch with friends.
Joe and Sophie’s kids don’t often appear in public, but after Joe’s recent media blitz of transparent PR daddy-daughter outings, this wouldn’t be newsworthy.
Except, of course, for the context of Sophie and Joe’s conflict.
Basically, they’ve gotten past the opening salvo of Joe’s team instinctively trying to make Sophie look bad in the press. Now they’re getting to things that truly matter.
Money and children are the two most common ways for an initially amicable split to become acrimonious.
Sure, two people who love — or once loved — each other can go their separate ways as friends. It hurts, but it happens.
Dividing assets can be tricky, but it’s usually less painful for the rich. Kids, though? Even the best custody arrangement, the most ideal family agreement, will cut deeply for both parents.
According to Sophie’s filing, she and Joe had agreed last year that they would make their family home in England.
They had even searched for and found a home in the English countryside.
That, Sophie’s court documents explain, is why they put up their Miami estate for sale earlier this year.
However, it appears that Joe has had a change of heart.
According to Sophie’s complaint, he is refusing to return the children to England or allow them to return with her.
Additionally, she says that he has their passports and refuses to hand them over to her. She filed in court only after his legal team informed her legal team that he was not going to budge on this.
Naturally, most of public opinion is on Sophie’s side. Especially after Joe’s team’s hamfisted PR spree backfired spectacularly.
We can’t say for sure whether the kids would be better off in the US or the UK. Both countries have … a lot of bad stuff going on.
If Joe and Sophie cannot reach an accord, a court will decide where Willa and her toddler sister (whom we know only as “D”) grow up.