A Unique Child Custody Arrangement

Child custody battles are hard for everyone involved. The parents, and especially the kids. When I was young, for entire summer, my best friend lived with me and my family while her dad went out of state to fight for sole custody of my friend. While I like to think she had an awesome time, I know she missed being with her family.

David Tutera, host of My Fair Wedding, and ex-husband Ryan Jurica, have had the child custody battle of the century. They are fighting for custody of their twins via surrogate. Each fertilized one of the eggs that resulted in a child. After months in court, they reached a temporary custody agreement of sole custody to each father of their respective biological child. During an interview on The View, Tutera said he absolutely wants his children to know each other and have a relationship as siblings.

This situation is terribly sad and complex. While I hope the twins will one day have as close of a sibling relationship as siblings who grow up in the same home, I am doubtful. With more states permitting same-sex marriages, same-sex divorces will rise. More custody issues like this may occur. Our courts need to prepare for the intricate and complex child custody battles of the future and keep in my the best situation for the children.

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Allison Arterberry

About Allison Arterberry

Allison Arterberry is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. She has spent parts of her last two summers interning at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Currently, she is a Senior Articles Editor for the Houston Journal of International Law, the Secretary for the Labor & Employment Law Society as well as a member of the Career Development Student Advisory Board and the Association of Women in Law. Additionally, last year she was the Secretary for Aggie Law Society. Allison is most interested in child victim’s rights in the criminal system.

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