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Joe Jonas Asks Court for Time to Settle Sophie Turner Divorce

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Joe Jonas is asking the court for more time to settle matters in his divorce case against Sophie Turner. ET obtained court documents showing that a judge ordered Joe to take action in the case as there has been none as of late. With the case facing possible dismissal for “lack of prosecution,” Joe’s attorneys responded to the court, asking for the exes to have time to continue negotiations. 

Joe originally filed for divorce from Sophie on Sept. 5, 2023. The Game of Thrones star sued him just 16 days later over custody of their two children — 3-year-old Willa and 1year-old Delphine — claiming “wrongful retention.”

After a four-day mediation, the estranged couple struck a temporary custody agreement on Oct. 10, 2023 that called for each getting two weeks with their children until January. 

While it may seem like their marriage of four years went kaput out of nowhere — after getting into a yet-to-be-explained argument on his 34th birthday — Sophie actually traces things all the way back to December 2022, when she claims they agreed to search for their “forever home” in the United Kingdom.

The following is a timeline based on accounts Sophie shared in court documents she filed in September in the Southern District of New York. Joe later responded to the “unfortunate” lawsuit filed against him over custody of their two children.

December 2022 — Searching for their ‘forever home’

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Sophie claims they were in England last Christmas when they “jointly decided that they would look for their ‘forever home’ in England, select a school for their older daughter in England, and settle their family in England.”

She went on to claim that they decided “the timing was right for the family to settle permanently in England, particularly given the older child’s age.” 

Sophie claims the search for their “forever home” started that December and continued through July.

“The parties physically toured family homes in England together,” the court documents state. “They looked at a number of different areas in England, with the goal of purchasing a home in an area with good connections to Warwickshire and London. The parties found a beautiful country property in Henley on Thames, England, and both agreed they would purchase the property for the family’s permanent home.”

She goes on to claim that they “exchanged contracts with the sellers to purchase the property on July 7, 2023, with the completion date scheduled for December 2, 2023. The parties looked forward to spending their Christmas 2023 holiday with the children, family, and friends in their new home in England.”

April 2023 — They call England home

Sophie claims that “from the beginning of their relationship they have spent regular time in England, including with their friends and family.”

“Until April 2023,” she continues in court documents, “the parties moved frequently due to the nature and requirements of their careers.”

Then, in April 2023, Sophie claims they “made England their permanent home.”

She claims that due to their busy careers, they “had not, until April 2023, committed to setting down roots in any particular place” because they “lived a very peripatetic lifestyle.”

After giving birth to their second child, Sophie says they purchased a property in Miami in 2021 but “never planned to live in Miami on a long-term basis.” She claims that “all throughout their marriage … (they) often discussed their desire to raise their children in England and for their Children to attend school in England. (They) regarded England as a safe location to raise their children.”

Sophie and Joe put their $15 million home in Miami up for sale on April 16, and they sold it in August. Before leaving Miami — and renting a number of properties all over the world — Sophie claims they “shipped many of the children’s personal belongings to England” and that the “remainder of the children’s belongings were placed into storage, to be kept there until the parties had purchased a new home in England.”

She says the family relocated to England on April 10.

July 31, 2023 — Joe leaves England with his children

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Sophie says Joe had to leave England as the Jonas Brothers were getting ready to kick off their Five Albums international tour on Aug. 12 at Yankee Stadium. She claims they agreed the children would travel with him and a nanny for a vacation in August because her filming schedule for August 2023 was “very intense, with long hours during the daytime when the children would be awake.”

She claims that, with some hesitation, they agreed it would be best for the children to be with Joe and a nanny and that Sophie would travel to meet them in the U.S. in September. She claims that they agreed “the children moving around with the Father on tour was only going to be a temporary arrangement.”

She claims that the agreed upon plan was for her to finish filming on Sept. 14, and then travel to New York to collect the children and return home to England a week later.

Aug. 15, 2023 — The fight

Sophie claims that “thereafter, the breakdown of the parties’ marriage happened very suddenly.” The birthday celebration got off to a sweet start, with Sophie taking to social media to wish her “handsome” husband a happy birthday. She posted a photo of the pair wearing matching pajamas. 

But at some point that day, Sophie claims they got into an argument, though she doesn’t offer any details.

Sept. 5, 2023 — Joe files for divorce

Just 21 days after that argument, Joe files his divorce papers in Miami, Florida, citing that “the marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken.”

According to the petition, the couple’s two children have been living with Jonas in Miami, Florida, and “it is in the best interests of the minor children that the parties have shared parental responsibility.” The former couple also have a prenup in place. 

Sophie refutes that claim in her court documents. 

Sept. 17, 2023 — They meet to discuss the separation

Sophie claims that when they met to discuss their separation, she reiterated their agreed plan for the children to return home to England that week. She claims Joe has possession of the children’s passports but he “refuses to return the passports to (Sophie) and refuses to send the children home to England with (Sophie).”

Sept. 18, 2023 — She wants the passports

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Sophie’s attorney in England “reconfirmed to (Joe’s) Florida attorney that (Sophie) intended to return home to England with the children as planned on September 20, 2023, and requested that the children’s passports be returned to (her).” 

But on Sept. 19, Sophie claims Joe’s attorney confirmed that the singer will not return the passports and “will not consent for the children to return home to England.”

The court documents state, “Based on (Joe’s) express statements that he will not return the children to England and will not return the children’s passports to (Sophie), on September 20, 2023, (Sophie) has submitted her Hague Convention Application for Return to the Central Authority for England & Wales seeking the return of the children to England.”

Sept. 21, 2023 — Sophie sues Joe

In court documents filed in the Southern District of New York, Sophie claims she sued Joe “as a result of the wrongful retention of two children, WRJ, born in 2020, and DMJ, born in 2022 in New York City from their habitual residence of England.” The Game of Thrones star claims “the wrongful retention” of their two children began on Sept. 20.

In court documents, Sophie cites the “Convention on the civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, done at the Hague on October 25, 1980; International Child Abduction Remedies Act.” And she does so because the Convention came into effect in the U.S. in 1988 and it was ratified between the U.S. and the U.K. that same year.

Sophie’s argument is that “the objectives of the Convention are to secure the immediate return of children wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained in any Contracting State, and to ensure that ‘rights to custody’ under the law of one Contracting State are effectively respected in the other Contracting States.”

In other words, there’s an international law whose jurisdiction extends to the U.S. and the U.K. and she’s calling for its enforcement.

Sophie also states in her documents that she’ll file her case in a U.K. court as well, claiming Joe’s refusal to return the children home to England “is a breach of the Mother’s rights of custody under English law, England being the children’s habitual residence.”

In her court documents, Sophie also claims she found out about the divorce through the media. 

Sept. 21, 2023 — Joe shares his side of things

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In response to Sophie’s lawsuit, Joe refuted her claims that she found out about the divorce through the media.

“After multiple conversations with Sophie, Joe initiated divorce proceedings in Florida, as Florida is the appropriate jurisdiction for the case,” reads a statement from Joe’s rep, obtained by ET. “Sophie was aware that Joe was going to file for divorce. The Florida Court has already entered an order that restricts both parents from relocating the children. Sophie was served with this order on September 6, 2023, more than two weeks ago.”

Joe’s statement also takes aim at the legal language used in Sophie’s filing. 

“This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending,” it reads. “When language like ‘abduction’ is used, it is misleading at best, and a serious abuse of the legal system at worst. The children were not abducted. After being in Joe’s care for the past three months at the agreement of both parties, the children are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim only to move the divorce proceedings to the UK and to remove the children from the U.S. permanently.”

As for their meeting to discuss the separation, Joe says in a statement that he and Sophie “had a cordial meeting this past Sunday in New York, when Sophie came to New York to be with the kids.”

“They have been with her since that meeting. Joe’s impression of the meeting was that they had reached an understanding that they would work together towards an amicable co-parenting setup,” the statement continues. “Less than 24 hours later, Sophie advised that she wanted to take the children permanently to the UK. Thereafter, she demanded via this filing that Joe hand over the children’s passports so that she could take them out of the country immediately. If he complies, Joe will be in violation of the Florida Court order.”

The statement goes on to say that Joe is “seeking shared parenting with the kids so that they are raised by both their mother and father, and is of course also okay with the kids being raised both in the U.S. and the UK.” The statement adds, “The children were born in the U.S. and have spent the vast majority of their lives in the U.S. They are American citizens.”

Sept. 25, 2023 — Kids to temporarily stay in NYC

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Sophie and Joe agree to temporarily keep their kids in New York City while they continue to work out their tumultuous divorce.

According to court documents obtained by ET, the couple agreed to an interim consent order that prohibits both parties from removing the children from the state. The agreement comes just a few days after Turner filed a lawsuit against Jonas in an attempt to return their two daughters home to England.

Sept. 27, 2023 — Youngest daughter’s name revealed 

Amid their ongoing divorce battle, the name of the estranged couple’s youngest daughter comes to light in newly released court documents. In those court documents, obtained by ET, the children are named as the court attempts to settle on their habitual residence.

While previously filed documents hinted that Turner and Jonas’ 1-year-old daughter has the initials DMJ, this marks the first time that her name itself has been made public. The child, who was born in July of 2022, is named Delphine. 

Delphine is Turner and Jonas’ second daughter and follows big sister Willa, 3, who was born in July of 2020. The parents have been fiercely protective of their daughters’ identities, and have not publicly revealed any images of the sisters.

Oct. 2, 2023 — The letter

According to court documents filed by Sophie, Joe purportedly wrote a letter in which he called England the future “forever home” for his family with Sophie. The letter was addressed to the then-owner of the property the couple eventually purchased in Wallingford, Oxford, England.

“When my wife and I decided we were going to spend more time in the UK and search for a permanent home, our daughter expressed three unwavering requirements: having chickens, a pony and a Wendy house,” Jonas wrote. “While many of the houses we viewed met this criteria, the moment we turned the corner and caught sight of the charming blue shutters adorning (redacted), we experienced a sense of magic unlike anything we had felt before.”

Jonas also shared how he could envision himself living in England, expressing plans to turn one of the rooms in the home into a recording studio and even noting how Turner’s father approved of the property’s vegetable garden as an “incredibly keen gardener.”

The seller ultimately accepted Joe and Sophie’s offer and they put a 10-percent deposit down on the house on July 7, just two months before Joe filed for divorce. However, the sale has yet to close.

Oct. 4-7, 2023 — Joe and Sophie attend mediation

According to court documents, the parties engaged in “productive mediation from October 4-7, 2023″ and that there was “progress made at mediation” that ultimately, as it’s later revealed, led to Joe and Sophie reaching a temporary custody deal.

“For that reason, the parties jointly request that the Court enter the proposed order staying this proceeding and vacating all deadlines and trial dates submitted herewith,” the documents continued. 

Oct. 10, 2023 — They reach a temporary custody deal

According to documents obtained by ET, the Jonas Brothers singer and the Game of Thrones actress reached a temporary custody agreement through the end of the year. 

According to the court documents, the court ruled that Joe and Sophie will each get two weeks with their children until January. During their time with their daughters, each parent will be able to travel anywhere in the United States or the United Kingdom with their children. 

Sophie and Joe will alternate weeks with their children between October and December. The filing shows that the girls will be with their father on Thanksgiving and their mother on Christmas. 

Joe and Sophie will then go to trial on Jan. 2, 2024, to try to resolve the custody of their children and come to a permanent solution.

Oct. 10, 2023 — Joe and Sophie speak out 

Hours after news surfaced that they struck a temporary custody agreement, the Jonas Brothers singer and Game of Thrones star spoke out about the deal.

“After a productive and successful mediation, we have agreed that the children will spend time equally in loving homes in both the U.S. and the UK,” the estranged couple said in a joint statement to ET. “We look forward to being great co-parents.”

Oct. 28, 2023 — Sophie locks lips with an aristocrat

Nearly two months after their divorce filing, Sophie was spotted locking lips with British aristocrat Peregrine Pearson in Paris, France. Pearson, 29, split from King Charles’ goddaughter, Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark, in September. 

Later that day, Turner and Pearson were photographed arriving at the Rugby World Cup Final match together.

Peregrine Pearson and Sophie Turner attend Stanley Zhu’s Year of Dragon Celebration on February 10, 2024 in London.Dave Benett/Getty Images for Stanley Zhu

Jan. 3, 2024 — Joe and Stormi Bree spotted together in Cabo

Joe was spotted in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with model Stormi Bree, near the start of the new year, and were photographed at a private airport. Joe was in Cabo for a private New Year’s Eve celebration with his brothers, and the group rang in 2024 with a performance at a private party.

Jonas nor Bree have spoken publicly about the romance rumors or shared images of each other on social media. 

Joe Jonas and model Stormi Bree were spotted together at the start of 2024.Getty Images

Jan 16-17, 2024 — Sophie’s lawsuit is dropped

According to court documents obtained by ET, the Game of Thrones star filed paperwork in the Southern District of New York on Jan. 16, requesting that her lawsuit against the Jonas Brothers singer for “wrongful retention” of their two daughters be dismissed.

The following day, ET confirmed that a judge officially signed off on dismissing the lawsuit — which was originally filed back in September, before their successful mediation.

 

March 14, 2024 — Sophie reactivates divorce proceedings

According to court documents obtained by ET, Sophie’s lawyers stated, “The abatement has come to an end and this case is to be reactivated.” 

The proceedings are set to continue in Miami, Florida, where custody of the former couple’s two children is likely to be finalized. 

May 13, 2024 — Joe asks for more time for settlement negotiations 

On May 13, a judge issued an order for Joe, the petitioner in their divorce, to perform “some affirmative action” in the case within 30 days or the case would face dismissal. “Review of the docket display and court file indicates that there appears to have been no action by any party to the cause nor have any pleading or orders of the Court been filed in said cause for a sufficient period to indicate that the parties are desirous of further prosecuting this case,” the order from the judge, obtained by ET, read. In response, Joe’s attorneys filed a notice confirming that he and Sophie have attended eight days of mediation since October and have “reached various agreements,” the document, obtained by ET, stated. As they “continue to pursue an amicable resolution of all issues,” Joe asked the court to allow them to continue their negotiations. 


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