Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis have been in a weeks-long clash, fighting for the right to parent their two children.
A South Carolina court has been the scene of the custody battle — one which would determine the fate of the ex-lovers’ children — two-year old, Kensington Calhoun Ravenel and St. Julien Rembert Ravenel, 7-months.
As reported, Thomas has been barred from fathering his children by his ex-girlfriend, and Southern Charm co-star, Kathryn Dennis. The politician turned reality star had not seen his kids for 12 weeks, when he appeared in court last week (June 9), to face Dennis.
In the state of South Carolina, when a child is born out of wedlock, the custody of an illegitimate child rests solely with the natural mother, unless the court orders otherwise. If paternity is established, the father may petition the court to request visitation, or custody. Kathryn Dennis has been calling all of the shots — until now.
AllAboutTheTEA.com has exclusively learned that Thomas Ravenel scored a huge legal victory in the case — a development which places him solidly in the driver’s seat in the struggle for his children. A source very close to the case has come forward, and is disclosing what went down in court with the reality couple.
Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn appeared in court to tackle three areas of relevance, pertaining to their custody case. The couple requested to have court records sealed, in order to keep financials, court testimony, and discoveries private. Thomas and Kathryn also learned the results of a court ordered drug tests. Their last objective was to work on a temporary custody agreement, before they entered the mediation phase of the case.
The judge heard the motion to seal all court records first, and denied the request, on the grounds that the children are on a reality show, and already exposed to the public. Both parties, along with their attorneys, were then ushered into an adjoining conference room, to discuss visitation. At that time, the court-ordered drug test results were revealed. As reported, the screenings revealed marijuana and cocaine in Kathryn’s system. Ravenel’s results came back clean.
“Kathryn made outrageous demands of Thomas prior to the drug test fail,” the insider explains. “She realizes now that Thomas is in the driver’s seat— he could get full custody.”
Kathryn’s failed drug test was a game-changer. The development immediately gave Thomas the upper-hand, landing him in a positive position with the court. The former couple moved to put aside their personal issues, and hammered out a deal which allows Thomas equal custody of his daughter and son. A “joint custody” agreement was struck, and following the proceedings, the Ravenel children were immediately handed over to their father. Thomas reunited with Kensie and Saint, after a twelve week separation.
The following is the criteria set forth in the consent order, agreed upon by Thomas and Kathryn. Each parent must adhere to the agreement when the children are in their care:
- Thomas was granted unsupervised joint custody of the two children, Kensington and St. Julien.
- Kathryn was granted supervised joint custody — Thomas agreed to allow Kathryn’s parents to supervise her time with the children.
- Custody will be split 50/50, with each parent alternating a week of custody.
- No drug use will be permitted.
- No paramours are allowed between certain hours in the home of either parent.
- No abuse of prescription drugs will be permitted.
- No drinking alcohol is allowed.
- Each parent MUST refrain from any alcohol or drug use, 12 hours prior to picking up the children for their designated week of custody.
If either parent fails to comply with any condition of the above consent order, he/she will be held in contempt of the court.
In regard to child support, an amount has not yet been determined by the court but Thomas currently pays Kathryn $3,100 per month, on his own accord.
The breakthrough custody agreement is yet to be set in stone. The custody consent order remains temporary, until signed off by a judge.
Ravenel and Dennis return to court on June 27 for mediation, where the agreement will be reviewed and signed off by a judge. This final action will confirm the joint custody agreement, in the eyes of the state of South Carolina.
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