Channing Tatum is asking a judge to put an official custody schedule in place so he can regularly see his daughter with estranged wife Jenna Dewan and he goes into touching detail about what life has been like for the couple’s child since the split.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Tatum is looking to establish regular visitation with his 5-year-old daughter, Everly Elizabeth Maiselle Tatum. He is proposing that he have custody of Everly on Mondays and Tuesdays, Jenna to have custody on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and they alternate visitation on weekends.
He is asking for each of them to have two weeks of exclusive time with Everly during her summer vacation from school. Tatum is also proposing they split up Christmas Eve and Christmas Day evenly, with Tatum getting odd years and Dewan getting even. He proposes the opposite for New Year’s.
As for Everly’s birthday, Tatum proposes that unless there is a joint celebration planned, they split the day with her in half so she gets to see them both.
Halloween is clearly an important day — they spent the day together as a family last year — and Tatum wants to make sure it stays that way, writing, “The parties shall work together to try to spend Halloween together, trick or treating with Everly from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.”
Because both Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s families live outside of California, he is asking for both parties be allowed to travel with Everly anywhere in the United States without the other parent’s consent. Travel outside of the U.S. would require the other parent’s permission.
Tatum also filed his own declaration, lovingly going into detail about all he has done to make Everly’s life easier since the couple split up.
“In my opinion and experience,” Tatum writes, “Everly has appeared to adjust to our separation and living in two homes exceptionally well. I believe that she will thrive even more with structure and consistency because she is happy and more relaxed when she knows a plan.”
Tatum talks about how he rented a home after moving out and “decorated Everly’s room very girly in a fairytale and fantasy theme (i.e. Alice and Wonderland), with pictures of Everly with both [Jenna Dewan] and me on trips.”
The “21 Jump Street” star says he “put time and thought into making Everly’s room, as well as an outdoor art space at the house, as comfortable as possible for her to facilitate the transitions.” Tatum says Everly has “learned about different artists, such a Jackson Pollock, and we try to replicate his work as well as the work of other artists.”
He says that he has rearranged his work schedule and other obligations so they fall on the days he does not have Everly, saying, “I am committed to spending my custodial periods with Everly.”
Channing Tatum says the two enjoy playing tic-tac-toe together and says Everly “has an uncanny ability to win Candyland approximately 80% of the time.” The pair also watches “American Ninja Warrior” together and he has set up “obstacle courses in the backyard, which we run against each other and time.”
Everly also has recently started ballet class on Saturdays, which Tatum often takes her to. He also says she got the part of Lisa in “Mama Mia.”
Tatum and Dewan have been in the process of mediating their divorce but have yet to officially settle any of the key issues.
Dewan’s attorney, Samantha Spector, tells The Blast, “We look forward to resolving these matters in a timely and straightforward way. Nothing in the world matters more to Jenna than the comfort and well-being of her daughter Everly. Everything Jenna has done and will continue to do is with that in mind.”
As The Blast first reported, Jenna Dewan filed for divorce in Los Angeles on October 26, 2018, citing irreconcilable differences.
Dewan filed asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s daughter Everly. She is also seeking child support and spousal support.
Channing Tatum filed his response the day, also asking for joint custody.
The stars were married in 2009 and announced their separation in April 2018.
At the time of their split, the former couple said, “We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple. We fell deeply in love so many years ago and have had a magical journey together. Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now,” the couple said at the time of their split.
They continued, “There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible. We are still a family and will always be loving dedicated parents to Everly.”