Sophie Turner files lawsuit against Joe Jonas, alleging unlawful custody of their children

By Esther Muhozi
On 22 September 2023 at 08:23

Sophie Turner, the acclaimed "Game of Thrones" star, has taken a significant step in her ongoing divorce saga with Joe Jonas, filing a lawsuit against him in the southern district of New York. The legal battle revolves around a deeply personal matter: their two precious daughters.

In the lawsuit, Turner alleges that Jonas has committed the grievous act of refusing to return their children to their homeland, England, amidst their divorce proceedings. The couple shares a 3-year-old daughter named Willa, and their second daughter, born in July 2022, remains unnamed to the public being mentioned as D in the documents.

According to media reports, this tumultuous situation unfolded following a meeting between the estranged couple, which was intended to discuss the terms of their separation. Turner claims that the children were supposed to be returned to her care on a specific date, but Jonas has allegedly withheld their passports and adamantly refused to send them back to England.

Jonas, on the other hand, disputes these allegations and asserts that a Florida court has issued an order preventing either parent from relocating their children. He cites this legal order as his reason for not complying with Turner’s request to allow the children to return to England.

The tangled web of their divorce proceedings began when Jonas initiated the process by filing for divorce in Miami-Dade County court on September 5. In his filing, he sought "shared parental responsibilities" for their two daughters, as well as the enforcement of their prenuptial agreement, which was established in April 2019.

Interestingly, Turner claims that she first learned about Jonas’ divorce filing through the media, while Jonas’ representatives maintain that she was aware of his intentions. A crucial point of contention centers on where the children have been residing. Jonas insists they have been living with him in various locations throughout the United States, including Miami, a claim Turner vehemently disputes.

Turner’s lawsuit paints a different picture, alleging that the children have been residing in England since April 10, 2023. According to her filing, she and Jonas had made the decision to make England their "forever home" during discussions in December 2022. This decision prompted them to sell their mansion in Miami and search for new residences in the idyllic English countryside.

Furthermore, Turner’s work commitments, including filming a new drama series, influenced their choice to settle in England.

As Jonas embarked on a world tour with the Jonas Brothers recently, it was agreed that their daughters, Willa and her younger sibling, would stay with him. This decision was influenced by Jonas having more daytime availability to care for the children, given Turner’s demanding filming schedule. However, Turner expressed some hesitation over this temporary arrangement.

The divorce proceedings took a sudden and unexpected turn on August 15, leading to their four-year marriage coming to an abrupt end. Shockingly, Turner claims that she first learned of Jonas’ divorce filing from the media on September 1, further adding to the complexity of their dispute.

In a dramatic legal twist, Turner’s recent petition was filed under The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act.

These legal frameworks address situations where children are internationally abducted from one parent. Additionally, Turner has indicated her intention to file a case in England, citing Jonas’ custody arrangement as a breach of her rights under English law.

Jonas’ representatives, however, contest these claims, denouncing the use of the term "abduction." They argue that the children were not abducted and have been in Joe’s care by mutual agreement for the past three months. They suggest that Sophie’s legal actions are aimed at shifting the divorce proceedings to the UK and permanently removing the children from the U.S.

As the legal battle unfolds, the public watches with bated breath, hoping for an amicable resolution that prioritizes the well-being of the children caught in the middle of this tumultuous divorce.

“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner has sued estranged husband Joe Jonas for unlawfully keeping their two daughters with him in the U.S. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)