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David Tutera's complicated child custody agreement

Florida reality TV fans may be interested in a child custody case that has making big headlines. Reality TV star David Tutera's split with his domestic partner of 10 years has resulted in their twins being forced to live 3,000 miles apart. In an appearance on "The View," the "My Fair Wedding" host explained that he hopes his children will be able to reunite in the future.

The agreement in the high-profile child custody battle was mostly based on the way the twins were conceived. After deciding to have children via a surrogate, the couple had transferred two embryos with two different fathers into the same mother. Biologically, Tutera is the father of one child, and his ex-partner is the father of the other child. During the divorce proceedings, the two men agreed that custody of each child would be granted to the biological father.

While caring for his daughter in Los Angeles, Tutera has refused to speak negatively in public about his ex-partner. Although he hasn't revealed details of their irreconcilable differences, he did admit that the relationship had been in trouble for six years. When he first filed documents to dissolve the partnership, he had originally sought full custody of both children.

When a couple separates, it is often difficult to find a solution for the custody of the children. Although this case resulted in the children being separated, a visitation schedule may be able to be established. If one of the fathers wishes to seek visitation of the other child, a family law attorney may be able to help make that happen. A lawyer may be able to convince a judge that such a visitation schedule would be in the best interest of the children.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "David Tutera's twins separated during split with Ryan Jurica", Nardine Saad, September 13, 2013

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