Musical artist Shakira and ex-partner Gerard Piqué, Spanish soccer star, announced they’ve reached an agreement regarding custody of their children.
Together since 2011 but never formally married, Shakira and Piqué split back in June of 2022. Shakira has said in several interviews that she has wanted to shield their sons, ages 9 and 7, from the media circus surrounding this very public split.
By coming up with a child custody agreement together and privately, the former couple has so far managed to keep their children out of the courtroom. Here’s why that strategy worked for them.
They’re internationally famous
Both Piqué and Shakira are international stars – she’s a musician and he’s an athlete. Going to court would mean taking their battles to a public forum, the exact opposite of what the former couple wants for their children. Instead, they decided to work together on a custody agreement in private.
They remembered it’s about the kids
Sources tell the media the two reached their agreement after a 12-hour meeting and they signed an agreement that is “best for the kids.” The parents said in a joint statement, “Our sole objective is to provide our children with the utmost security and protection and hope that they can continue with their lives in a safe and calm environment. We appreciate that their privacy will be respected.”
According to sources, the children will move from Barcelona, where they currently reside, to Miami, where much of Shakira’s family resides. Piqué also recently announced his retirement from soccer. The full details of the custody agreement are still private, although it may appear Shakira has primary or full custody, as the children are moving out of Spain.
Regardless of the details, both parents are working for the best interests of their kids, which is the primary objective of any custody agreement.
You might not be an international star, but you still need a child custody agreement.
You can be 100% sure that Shakira and Piqué went into that 12-hour custody meeting with attorneys by their sides and came out with signed legal documents. Even if you and your ex are the best of friends – or the worst of enemies – it’s crucial you have a custody agreement that spells out every detail.
It’s not necessary to go to court, either. You and your co-parent can come up with a custody plan on your own, or an attorney can help you with mediation or arbitration. There’s no one “right” way to adjust after a split, but a family law attorney can help guide you through the process.
If you’d like to talk about child custody and what might be best for your family, talk to the lawyers at Hartsoe & Associates, P.C. today. We provide compassionate and knowledgeable assistance with child custody and parenting plans, as well as other family law matters.
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This blog contains general information and does not constitute legal advice, and the ideas contained within may not apply to your specific case. For legal advice about your case, please contact an attorney directly.
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