Ted Lassoed! Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis' BRUTAL custody battle ends in victory for Harry Styles' GF
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Olivia Wilde won her custody dispute against former fiancé Jason Sudeikis in New York City on Wednesday, August 9, 2022, after a court decided that California is her children's home state. Sudeikis, 46, filed a lawsuit against Wilde in New York City Family Court in October 2021, over their two children. He wanted his two children to live with him in Brooklyn.
Wilde, on the other hand, preferred that they stay with her in Los Angeles and possibly relocate to London, where her boyfriend Harry Styles resides. Sudeikis has been accused of serving her custody papers "in the most aggressive way possible'', DailyMail reported. However, a New York judge dismissed the case on Wednesday, August 9.
Sudeikis, 46, and Wilde, 38, started dating in 2011 and had two children, son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 5, before splitting up in late 2020. In a legal filing dated August 5, 2022, the judge ruled that "New York was not the home state of the subject children," and that "California was the children's home state." ''Therefore, for the reasons stated on the record on July 15, 2022, respondent’s motion to dismiss the custody petitions filed on October 21, 2021 is granted," the filing obtained by Page Six stated.
As New York is not Otis and Daisy's home state, the court determined that "New York does not have jurisdiction to hear the custody petitions." According to the filing, Wilde filed a petition to ''determine the parental relationship in Superior Court of California, in LA'' in May. On May 18, her legal team filed a motion to legally dismiss Sudekis' custody case. According to legal experts, the custody battle will now have to be tried in California, where the "whole thing will start over."
Holly Davis, a family law attorney at Kirker Davis LLP in Texas with extensive experience in high-net-worth divorce cases, believes Wilde will be denied permission to take the children to London. ''It is highly unlikely that Olivia can move to the UK due to the principle that family courts hold to, which is to keep parents together generally near their children while they are divorcing,'' Davis told DailyMail on Tuesday, August 8. She added, ''Celebrities and influential people have a hard time with this concept, especially when it pertains to their children and family, but it is an important concept in family law cases all across the country.''
According to court documents, the exes' once-friendly custody and co-parenting agreement devolved into a squabble over Wilde's plans to relocate to London. Wilde claimed in her motion to dismiss the action that she and Sudeikis had initially agreed to send their children back to school in Los Angeles for the upcoming school year because Sudeikis was due to wrap up the final season of Apple TV's 'Ted Lasso', which required him to be in London.
Wilde, who began dating Styles in January 2021, claimed that the children had spent the majority of the previous four years in either Los Angeles or London, even attending schools in both cities. According to court documents, Wilde and Sudeikis spent the majority of their relationship in New York, where both of their children were born. They shared a home in Brooklyn after purchasing it for $6.5 million in 2014 and lived there intermittently until 2019 when a mold problem rendered the house uninhabitable.
Sudeikis stated in his declaration to the court that while he, Wilde, and their two children had been living in London since December 2021, he intended to return to his "permanent home" in Brooklyn once filming for 'Ted Lasso' wrapped in July. He expressed hope that his ex-wife and their children would return to New York to continue their current custody arrangement.