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It seems Kourtney Kardashian has finally said that enough is enough.
The often overshadowed Kardashian sister has finally broken it off with her longtime boyfriend Scott Disick. Rumors of the split have been simmering for a while since Scott was spotted in Monaco with another woman. Reports claim that Kourtney had enough of Scott's partying and drinking, so she ended the relationship.
What could this mean for the kids?
The Long Term Relationship
Kourtney and Scott have been together for over nine years, significantly longer than most Hollywood marriages, and have three children together.
The couple never married. This makes the split significantly easier. Since they're not getting a divorce, the two will not have to worry about community property rules, dividing up their 401k, or paying alimony. No lawyers required.
However, Scott and Kourtney will probably still find themselves in family court fighting over custody of the kids.
What About the Kids?
According to reports, it looks like Kourtney currently has custody of the kids.
Since there doesn't seem to be any court order right now, neither parent can deny the other the right to visit or have custody of the children. So, I expect that Kourtney and her lawyers are working quickly to file for a custody order and demand child support.
In the case of unmarried parents, most state custody laws favor the mother. A mother is usually awarded sole physical custody unless the father petitions for custody and can prove that the mother is an unfit parent. However, most courts do prefer that both parents are involved in parenting a child. So, fathers can usually petition for custody and visitation rights.
A common arrangement is joint custody, where the parents share equal legal and physical custody rights. This means both parents will cooperate to make decisions about the children's upbringing and welfare, and the children will likely spend an equal amount of time with each parent.
Will Kourtney and Scott share joint custody? Or will she argue that Scott's partying and drinking ways make him an unfit parent?
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.