We've talked about the divorces of famous couples here before -- largely to show that divorcing couples, regardless of how much money they have or how famous they are, deal with many of the same legal processes and challenges that all couples do. When they have children, much of the divorce is focused on developing a custody plan.
Recently, documents related to the proposed custody agreement in the Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan divorce became public. Tatum, best known as the star of Magic Mike movies, met Dewan when they worked on another movie together in 2006. They married three years later in Malibu. They announced last April that they were ending their marriage.
The couple has a 5-year-old daughter, and the two seem to be working out how they'll share custody of her. According to court documents, Tatum is asking that their daughter split her time each week between their two households. He's reportedly proposed that she spend multiple weeks with each of them during the summer and that they alternate Christmas and New Year's Eve custody. He's also suggesting that they all spend Halloween and their daughter's birthday together.
Tatum reportedly said in his filing that he has decorated his daughter's room in his house "in a fairytale and fantasy theme with pictures of [all three of them] on trips."
While no court documents filed by Dewan have been made public, her attorney says, "We look forward to resolving these matters in a timely and straightforward way. Nothing in the world matters more to Jenna than the comfort and well-being of her daughter…."
Most divorcing parents who are working on a custody agreement have that attitude. Custody negotiations don't have to be combative. However, it's essential to have experienced legal guidance as you work to do what's best for your children.