Poor Roc and Roe. If Nick and Mariah’s separation turns into a divorce, the twins could be at the center of a nasty custody battle, which ‘can take months, sometimes a year,’ divorce lawyer Chris Mancini tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY!
Nick Cannon, 33, and Mariah Carey, 44, have announced their separation after six years of marriage and two beautiful children together. It’s 3-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, though, who may suffer the most from this heartbreaking split.
Nick Cannon & Mariah Carey Custody Battle: A Fight For The Twins After Split?
Nick confirmed that he and Mariah were living separately on Aug. 21, during an interview with The Insider. “There is trouble in paradise,” the America’s Got Talent host said. “We have been living in separate houses for a few months. My main focus is my kids,” he said.
It’s clear that Nick and Mariah both love their children dearly, but following any divorce, comes the task of figuring out who gets custody of the kids.
Luckily for both Nick and Mariah, neither parent is likely to get full custody, divorce lawyer Chris Mancini tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, unless there’s a strong case of neglect or abuse involved. However, we highly doubt that’s the case.
“Most jurisdictions, for one person to get full custody, would almost have to have a neglect or abuse hearing, and the judge would have to believe that it was not in the best interest for one parent to have shared custody. You have to really abuse or neglect your child to not get at least visitation,” Chris tells us. “The likelihood for one parent or the other to get full custody is almost impossible without neglect or abuse.”
Moroccan & Monroe Cannon’s Needs Come First
None of this is fun to think about, but on a positive note, the most common custody agreements focus on the “needs of the children, who they live with at what times, what the responsibilities of the parents are, if there are any medical or emotional needs of the child. It is all about what is best for the children, and that is what the court needs to figure out, and that turns into court orders,” Chris continues.
The worst part, though, is that custody battles can drag on for a very long time, which is not a good thing for anyone involved, especially Roc and Roe.
The length of the process depends on “how bad [Nick and Mariah] want to litigate the issue. You have psychological tests that are performed, and hearings — it can take months, sometimes a year. During that period of time that they are fighting over parenting plans, there is usually some sort of shared custody or sharing — it just hasn’t been finalized. If there are problems with the short-term plan, the court must hear them at hearings while examinations are being conducted. There is a temporary fix that turns into a permanent fix after it is all drawn out.”
Mariah Carey: Focusing On Her Children Post-Split
Just like Nick mentioned in his interview with The Insider, Mariah is also focusing on her kids post-split. Mariah’s rep told Us Weekly, “I don’t comment on Mariah’s personal life, but Mariah is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour.”
We hope that Nick and Mariah are able to do whatever is best for their family moving forward.
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— Written by Chris Rogers, Reporting by Caitlin Beck