Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Transatlantic Custody Battle ‘Going to Be a Thorny Case,’ Legal Expert Says
In the wake of their split, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are divided on where their two young daughters should reside — and lawyers tell PEOPLE that things can get contentious when it comes to international custody disputes.
In the wake of the back-and-fourth, PEOPLE spoke with Marilyn Chinitz, matrimonial partner at Blank Rome LLP and David Glass, a California-based family law attorney, neither of whom are involved in Turner and Jonas' legal dispute.
"It's going to be a very thorny case," predicts Chinitz, noting that the court must primarily establish where the children were most recently established - their "home state." But due to the former couple's peripatetic lifestyle, this will be particularly hard to gauge.
The recent sale of their Miami home makes it all the more complicated, Chinitz says.
"It's going to come down to, where are the roots that were established for these kids?" she says. "The reality is, they had a home in Miami and they traveled (a lot). So the court's going to say, but where did the kids stay? Where did they go to their doctors? Where did they go to their activities? What were the roots that you all established?"
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"Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Transatlantic Custody Battle ‘Going to Be a Thorny Case,’ Legal Expert Says," by Sabienna Bowman and Andrea Mandell was published in People Magazine on September 22, 2023.