Sophie Turner Initiates Custody Battle with Joe Jonas Over Their Children
British actress Sophie Turner, known for her role as Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones,” has taken legal action against her ex-partner, singer Joe Jonas, in a custody dispute over their two children. The celebrity couple announced their divorce earlier this month after more than four years of marriage, describing it as “amicable” at the time.
Turner, 27, filed a legal petition alleging the “wrongful detention” of their children in New York. The 34-year-old Jonas Brothers singer, who is American, is seeking joint custody of their two daughters, Willa, born in 2020, and their second child, born last year, whose names have not been publicly disclosed.
According to Turner’s legal petition, the couple established England as their “permanent home” in April. However, Jonas inaccurately claimed in his divorce application that the children, who hold dual citizenship, had lived in Florida for six months before he filed. The legal documents assert that the children were allowed to travel to the US in August, where their father was on tour, under a “temporary arrangement.”
Turner and Jonas met last week to discuss their separation, during which Turner reiterated their “agreed plan” for the children to return “home to England.” Nevertheless, Jonas is alleged to have refused to return their passports and send them to the UK.
A representative for Jonas stated that their Sunday meeting was “cordial” and that they had “reached an understanding that they would work together towards an amicable co-parenting setup.” The representative emphasised that the children were born in the US and have primarily resided there, holding American citizenship.
The legal dispute also challenges Turner’s claim that she learned of the divorce from media reports. Jonas maintains that she was aware of it in advance.
This custody battle adds a layer of complexity to the high-profile separation, raising questions about where the children’s “habitual residence” should be and whether joint custody will be achieved.