Joe Jonas has responded to Sophie Turner’s attempt to permanently take their daughters to England, stating that she would be violating a Florida judge’s order by doing so.
Joe Jonas responds to Sophie Turner’s attempt to take their daughters to England, stating that she would be violating a Florida judge’s order. He asserts that the children’s home is in the United States but is open to sharing custody if she decides to permanently move to England. Joe disputes the claim of kidnapping and maintains that their agreement is not binding in the divorce court.
The Response from Joe Jonas
In a lengthy statement issued by Joe’s representative, it was stated that Sophie Turner’s claim that Joe has “kidnapped” their daughters by refusing to hand over their passports for them to return to England is false.
According to Joe’s response, he initiated divorce proceedings in Florida, as it is the appropriate jurisdiction for the case. Sophie was aware of Joe’s intention to file for divorce. The Florida court has already issued an order restricting both parents from moving the children. Sophie was notified of this order on September 6, 2023, more than two weeks ago.
Therefore, Joe argues that Sophie’s position would directly violate the Florida order to keep the children where they are.
Joe also makes it clear that while he believes the children’s home is in the United States, he is open to sharing custody with Sophie, even if she decides to permanently move to England. “Joe is seeking joint custody of the girls so that they may be raised by both their mother and father, and of course, he agrees that the girls should be raised both in the U.S. and the U.K. The children were born in the U.S. and have spent most of their lives in that country. They are U.S. citizens.”
According to Joe’s representative, their team is surprised by Sophie’s recent actions: “Joe and Sophie had a cordial meeting last Sunday in New York, when Sophie came to the city to be with the children. They have been with her since that meeting. Joe’s impression of the meeting was that they had reached an understanding to work together to reach a friendly co-parenting agreement.”
However, less than 24 hours later, Sophie expressed her desire to permanently take the children to the UK. From then on, she demanded through this filing that Joe hand over the children’s passports so she could take them out of the country immediately. If he complies, Joe would be violating the Florida court’s order.
Joe also disputes the allegation that he is kidnapping the children: “This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that sadly is ending. When language like ‘kidnapping’ is used, it is at best misleading and at worst a serious abuse of the legal system. The girls were not kidnapped. After having been in Joe’s care for the past three months by agreement of both parties, the girls are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim solely to move the divorce proceedings to the UK and to permanently take the children out of the USA.”
That is the legal reality… now that they are no longer a family living together, their agreement is not binding on the divorce court. The court’s priority is to advocate for the best interests of the children.