The divorce process is rarely easy, especially when children are involved. Even if a couple seems to be getting along, things can turn ugly quickly once they make the decision to divorce. “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Jesse Williams is currently in a bitter child custody battle with ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee.
Williams and Drake-Lee were married for almost five years and have a 3-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. Drake-Lee denied Williams’ request for joint custody and recently filed for sole custody of the two children. According to court documents, Drake-Lee insisted that Williams has been notably absent from the children’s lives due to his unpredictable work obligations. She claims he missed his daughter’s pre-school graduation as well as Father’s Day events at the school. Drake-Lee has stated that he used to occasionally come to his children’s events, but only when he was not working.
Williams has strongly denied his supposed lack of involvement in the children’s lives. He claims that his ex-wife limits the time he spends with his children and has denied multiple requests for overnight visits. Drake-Lee has allegedly limited Williams’ time with the children to two-and-a-half hours per day during the week. Williams has requested joint physical custody and is currently doing everything he can to maintain a good relationship with his children.
In addition to the limitation of time, Drake-Lee’s request for sole custody includes stipulations regarding the parenting of the children. These stipulations require that both parents stick to certain nap times and only allow the children to watch age-appropriate programs. Another stipulation requires that the children cannot meet their parents’ significant others until the parent has been in the relationship for a minimum of six months. Williams and Drake-Lee have a long road ahead of them, but they both seem to be focused on doing what is best for their children.
Source: E! News, “Jesse Williams’ Wife Aryn Drake-Lee Fights for Sole Custody of Couple’s Two Children,” Meg Swertlow, Aug. 15, 2017