David Tutera Says Top Priority In Custody Battle Is ‘Protecting’ Daughter

Fri, September 13, 2013 12:44pm EST by 14 Comments
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The ‘My Fair Wedding’ host’s custody battle for one of his and Ryan Jurica’s twins during their divorce is a confusing situation — so David spoke out on ‘The View’ to explain exactly what’s going on, insisting that he’s keeping his daughter’s best interests in mind at all times during this trying time.

David Tutera took to The View on Sept. 13 to explain the divorce process he is going through — and how it will affect his two newborn children. David is seeking custody of his daughter Cielo while his ex, Ryan Juirca, wants custody of their son Cedric. The tricky situation is that the children are not biologically fully brother and sister, even though they were born as fraternal twins via surrogate in July 2013.

David Tutera Divorce — ‘Protecting’ Daughter Is Top Priority

David clarified that in his surrogacy process, two embryos were fertilized and implanted into the same surrogate, resulting in one child, daughter Cielo, being biologically David’s while son Cedric is biologically Ryan’s.

“They are not biologically full brother and sister,” he explained.

David said that his top priorities have become being able to “get through a divorce, care for, and nurture my daughter.”

He also insisted that his intentions are not to keep the kids away from each other, but that he is working to get to a place where there can be harmony. Both David and Ryan agree that the twins should stay in each others’ lives, each stressing in multiple interviews that it is not “fair” or “their place” to keep the children away from one another because of the couple’s issues.

“It would be so unfair of me if I were to say Cielo can’t see her brother because of what happened between Ryan and me,” David told People.

David Tutera & Ryan Jurica’s Divorce

David and Ryan have been going through the third year of a process to end their 10 year domestic partnership. David is separating the divorce from the struggle to gain custody of his daughter.

The pair “filed for divorce before the children were born,” David told the ladies of The View.

“The relationship has been going horribly for 6 years,” David said. “We were hoping that having a family would make it better.”

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you think each parent should get custody of their biological child?

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Mobilet

Posted at 2:05 PM on December 7, 2013  

Its a disturbing situation gay dads no mom and they r divorced could it be anyworse for those kids and the twins live away from eachother its absurd and wrong and sinful!!!!!!!! P eeefffffing S who cares about spelling its comments

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Melodie Phillips

Posted at 9:21 PM on September 27, 2013  

Leah I’m guessing that English is not your first language as my point was clear and concise and had no malice or intent. I’m a mother and I have experience as a clinical psychologist as to the effects of separating twins whether or not the fathers are biological or not. You obviously did not read my comment thoroughly and that is fine you have issues with understanding. Your on a site that is meant STRICTLY for people to comment. If you don’t like it your in the wrong place. The comment was heartfelt and caring.

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Lisa 7

Posted at 12:17 PM on September 14, 2013  

I think David and Ryan are adult enough, and still have love enough for eachother to do what is best for these babies. They will come to a common ground. I know in my heart they will. BOTH handsome men. Wish they were together.Stay strong and put YOURSELVES second. These babies need both of you and they need to know and grow with eachother. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

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Mel Rose

Posted at 6:21 PM on September 14, 2013  

Lisa although your comments I think are meant to be positive the story clearly states that the situation between David and Ryan is getting ugly (there words not mine) Otherwise if everything is just perfect between them why would David need to shield his daughter from the pain of this separation. Again these two are acting like two immature children themselves splitting the kids is just wrong and the fact that they used these children to try to salvage a relationship just proves my point even more clearly.

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Leah Zawadzki

Posted at 3:51 PM on September 27, 2013  

you have no point, you have no right to comment on there life.

 
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gerrie

Posted at 4:40 PM on September 13, 2013  

I believe David’s heart is in the right place. And I, wish him the best of luck, love and most of all love to his daughter and son. Love you David, you are doing a great job. Remember, keep your heart open and the greatest treasure will always find it’s way in.

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Mel Rose

Posted at 2:01 PM on September 13, 2013  

I love David Tutera but this situation is so sad. It really does not matter that the children are not biological twins. They were in the womb together for 36 weeks and have been together since birth. Keeping them apart is just criminal. These two adults obviously cannot act accordingly and it is sad. The fact that they were having major problems and then stupidly thought that babies would fix a bad relationship is just stupid and childish.Now these kids are going to be caught in the middle of this for many many years. It is too bad that these two men couldn’t try to fix their relationship first then if they make it add the kids. This is a maturity issue and David and Ryan should give the children to parents who can act accordingly and put the kids first. Shame on you David and Ryan.

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gerrie

Posted at 4:46 PM on September 13, 2013  

If you have read David’s statement, that is NOT what he is trying to do, about keeping the twins apart, he wants them to see each other and trying really to keep them safe and away from him and Ryan’s fight. you are right they are in the middle, but David is trying hard to keep the kids out of it.

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Mel Rose

Posted at 6:17 PM on September 15, 2013  

My comment about the twins was that they should not be separated at all. They should stay to gether and have visitation like any other family who separates. Im perplexed that they would go to the extent of having one sperm from each father so that Ryan and David can lay claim to THEIR own individual child. DId they see this coming? DId they discuss well if we don’t stay together I take one and you take one. That is just wrong!

 
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Bela D

Posted at 12:15 PM on September 15, 2013  

I agree

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Leah Zawadzki

Posted at 3:50 PM on September 27, 2013  

sham on you for writing that comment full of lies. They did what was best for them, not your small mind.

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azul chavez

Posted at 1:06 PM on September 13, 2013  

rich people and their problems

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Bela D

Posted at 12:14 PM on September 15, 2013  

This is disgusting. Love ya David, but if you really are a sex addict, the baby should be with her brother until you get “sober.”

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Leah Zawadzki

Posted at 3:48 PM on September 27, 2013  

your disgusting for that comment. Its his ex husband that was the sex addict.

 
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