Former California couple Kelsey and Camille Grammer have reportedly finally reached a child custody agreement following their divorce last year. The two have a 10-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son together.
No details of the settlement were released to the public. Last May, Kelsey filed for sole physical custody, but then amended his proposal to suggest that their daughter should live with Camille in California while their son would live with him and new wife Kayte Walsh in Chicago.
Camille reportedly did not approve of splitting the children up, and they have since been trying to work out an agreement with the help of their attorneys. Earlier this year, it was also reported that Kelsey's new wife is pregnant with twins.
Child custody can be an extremely difficult issue to work out, particularly when the parents live in two different states. Ultimately, child custody orders are based on what is in the best interest of the children. Typically, a goal is that each parent remains active in the children's lives.
In California, the best interests of the child is determined after weighing many factors such as the relationship the child has with each parent, the special needs of the child, other important people in the child's life and the child's preferences if old enough.
When lifestyle changes occur, like if one parent relocates, loses a job or becomes ill, modifications can be made to child custody arrangements. However, it can be very difficult to reopen a child custody case, which is why it's so important to get it right the first time.
Source: E! Online, "Kelsey and Camille Grammer Settle Custody War," Rebecca MacAtee, Feb. 28, 2012