Scarlett Johansson's Divorce & Custody Battle Just Took an Ugly Turn

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It looks like Scarlett Johansson's divorce and custody battle just got a little bit more contentious. Johansson's ex Romain Dauriac is seeking joint legal custody and residential custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy. Making it all the more troubling for the Avengers star is her ex's desire to move to France with the child, as he believes Johansson's work schedule renders it "impossible" for her to have physical custody. Yikes!


The former French journalist, to whom Johansson was married for just over two years, is said to have been "shocked" when she filed divorce papers Tuesday.

In her filing, the 32-year-old actress is also requesting joint legal and residential custody of Rose. Yet Dauriac's lawyer, Hal Mayerson, told the Associated Press that the art show curator has served as the "primary parent" for the couple's little girl while Johansson tended to her career.

The attorney added: "Mr. Dauriac is tired of having to run his life and his child's life based on Ms. Johansson's shooting schedule."

Ouch. Dauriac had to know that was par for the course. It wasn't like Johansson was a librarian when they wed. 

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So, what does the star have to say to that? She's taking the high road. In statement, Johansson said: 

"As a devoted mother and private person and with complete awareness that my daughter will one day be old enough to read the news about herself, I would only like to say that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage. Out of respect for my desires as a parent and out of respect for all working moms, it is with kindness that I ask other parties involved and the media to do the same."

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If there's any bright spot in this, it's that it doesn't sound like Dauriac wants to keep Rose away from her mom. 

"Ms. Johansson has two apartments in Paris. She can come any time she wants to see [Rose] and have the child with her," Dauriac's attorney told People. "If she's traveling, we expect there would be a schedule that would be roughly equal between them."

That seems a bit more fair. But still, it's really unfair to punish this mom for working -- especially when it sounds like he could just as easily stay in New York if that's where the actress is based and if it meant she'd get to spend more time with her daughter. 

The request to move to France could be Dauriac's attempt to get back at Johansson for going ahead and filing for divorce with the New York court. Still, he can't be all that surprised considering her February interview with Playboy in which she got very real about her thoughts on marriage and monogamy. She said:

I don't think it's natural to be a monogamous person. I might be skewered for that, but I think it's work. It's a lot of work. And the fact that it is such work for so many people -- for everyone -- the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing. It's something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond.

Hmm, sorry, Romain, but it sounds like she'd already checked out. We hope these two can get back on better ground for the sake of Rose. Johansson's right -- anything these two do or say will be documented for the child to read once she's old enough. Let's hope they keep her and the family's privacy a priority during this difficult split. 

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