Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum: Divorce and Child Custody

Hollywood glamour and fame has soiled even the best famous marriages, and Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum are no exception. However, unlike the usual sordid fanfare and tabloid fodder, Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum chose to address their fans directly and announce their split last spring in an Instagram post. As far as movie star breakups go, this one is pretty tame.

Their joint message to fans last April reads “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible. We are still a family and will always be loving, dedicated parents to Everly.”


Channing Tatum

So Why Did They Really Split?

According to the couple themselves, there were no affairs, and nothing nefarious going on to break them up. They simply grew apart. After nine years of marriage in the limelight with two very successful careers, each rocketing in different directions, they just fell out of love. Although their divorce records will cite “irreconcilable differences,” the truth is they became more like friends than lovers and now want different lives.

Many tabloids reported that Tatum’s frequent trips away from home took their toll on the relationship but is it really any surprise when a power couple breaks up? The stress of living in the public eye, juggling being a movie star and trying to maintain a family is a lot for anyone to manage. It definitely took its toll on their relationship.

The two claim they part the best of friends and will continue to work as a family for the sake of their five-year-old daughter Everly.


How Are They Handling Child Custody?

Unlike a lot of famous couples, Dewan and Tatum are mediating their divorce. Recently, however, Tatum has requested 50% child custody of their daughter. He wants each week split between the two parents and has spent a good deal of time setting up a home for her where she will feel safe and comfortable.

What looked to be a quick and easy dissolution of a marriage is quickly becoming complicated, and according to Dewan “challenging and emotional.” When it comes to child custody, things often get difficult. Initially, Dewan asked for child support and spousal support. She is reportedly worth $30 million and Tatum $50 million. She has since withdrawn her request for spousal support.

Tatum is demanding a structured approach to the joint physical custody arrangement sharing time with both parents during the week and swapping every other weekend. Holidays will be divided and alternated as well. Specifically, Tatum wants custody every Monday and Tuesday, with Dewan having Wednesdays and Thursdays. Then they will split the weekends and alternate.


The Nitty Gritty Details

In an interview with Blast, Tatum assured reporters that his daughter is adjusting really well to the separation and living in two homes. He claims she does very well with a structured, consistent living plan. Additionally, he told the news magazine that he has changed his work schedule to coincide with the visitation schedule and he is “committed” to making his time with Everly a priority.

In response, Dewan’s attorney made a statement saying “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 Everly. Everything Jenna has done and will continue to do is with that in mind.”

Time will tell whether or not they are able to amicably iron out the details of their divorce settlement and remain the best of friends. Working from a place of putting their child first, and sidelining difficult emotions, it might be possible. One thing is for sure; the public will hear about it when it happens.

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