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Divorce brings controversial living arrangements for twins


Rhode Island residents know that divorce often brings about change. These changes come for the spouses in the form of separating their married life with regards to home, finances and even friends and family. However, one aspect of a divorce that must not be overlooked is the children and child custody arrangements that often result following a divorce or separation of parents.

David Tutera and his soon-to-be ex-husband, Ryan Jurica, have made headlines for the child custody arrangements they are seeking amidst their divorce. The couple was married in Vermont in 2003. In 2010, the couple decided that they wanted to have children through a surrogate. Two embryos were transferred into the surrogate, one being Tutera's biological child and the other being Jurica's biological child.

The result of the surrogacy was two healthy twin babies. One twin was a baby boy named Cedric and the other twin was a girl named Cielo. However, by the time the children had arrived, the couple had decided to go through with a divorce. They have reached a temporary custody agreement to raise the 2-month-old twins separately. Jurica will raise his biological child, Cedric, and Tutera will raise his biological child, Cielo.

While many may disagree with the custody arrangement, the one thing that family courts all across the country have in common is that they will seek to enforce arrangements that are in the best interest of the child. Sometimes what is in the best interest of the child is what will put the parent who will be raising the child in the strongest place, both financially and mentally. Since not every couple will be able to reach an agreement amongst themselves, a court will step in and determine the proper custody arrangements.

Rhode Island residents struggling with child custody issues should make sure their interests and the interests of their children are protected at all times. Experienced family law professionals are able to provide assistance to individuals seeking to gain primary custody of their children or wishing to have a modification to an existing child custody arrangement.

Source: CNN News, "David Tutera's ex: Splitting up twins is 'complex'", Sept. 18, 2013

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