Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz could be gearing up for an ugly custody battle. Divorce papers filed by each of the soon-to-be former spouses cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, but perhaps what they were unable to agree on most was their son, Bronx Mowgli.
It seems they differ somewhat on what the custody arrangement of their young son ought to be. Ashlee filed papers seeking primary, full custody with Wentz getting visitation rights. Wentz, however, filed papers on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court looking for joint custody. He also asked they each pay their own lawyer fees while Simpson had requested that Wentz pay all the legal fees.
Seems a little selfish on Ashlee's part, no?
According to legal experts, it is not yet clear whether this will become a full custody battle or if the two can be relaxed about it because the divorce papers have very limited detail, but either way, it is mystifying why one parent would think they were filing one way and another would file the opposite.
I have no idea what goes on in their home, but from an outsider's perspective, he seems like a good and attentive father. I tend to think that unless the father is somehow unfit or completely disinterested, that joint custody is the best arrangement for the child.
Yes, it is hard for the parents. I don't pretend to know what it would be like to have to co-parent with a person from whom you divorced yourself. I imagine even in the friendliest of divorces, there is still some hurt and anger and discomfort, but that is kind of what happens when you have a child with someone.
If I ever fell out of love with my husband and we ended up splitting, the reality is we would not be divorcing our children. both of us would have to have the maturity to recognize the other's role in our children's lives. I am not saying it is easy or even that I get it, but to act like you should have complete control over the child seems more than a little unfair.
Do you think Ashlee is being selfish?
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