The Worst Celebrity Custody Battles Of All Time (Photos)

Celebrity Custody Battles

Divorce is tough enough for any couple, including celebrity couples.

But when marriage ends and kids and money are involved, it get can messy and ugly.

Here’s a look at the messiest, most scandalous child-custody battles of all time.

See who was involved in the worst Hollywood custody problems after the jump.

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  • Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry 1 of 23
    Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry
    The former couple were back in family court battling for custody of their three-year-old daughter Nahla. It has been reported in the press before that Halle felt uncomfortable when her daughter was in her father's care. Now, Halle is legally stating that Aubry is a risk for their daughter and is petitioning custody.
  • Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards 2 of 23
    Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
    Charlie signed over legal custody of his kids in 2010 after a long custody battle. In May 2011, Sheen met with lawyers and Denise Richards to try to win weekend visits with their daughters Sam and Lola. Richards' camp was able to convince a judge that Sheen's current circumstances would not be good for the children's welfare.
  • Kate and Jon Gosselin 3 of 23
    Kate and Jon Gosselin
    Jon and Kate Gosselin spent months fighting about custody and child support payments for their eight children. They finally agreed to terms.
  • Camille and Kelsey Grammer 4 of 23
    Camille and Kelsey Grammer
    Camille and Kelsey Grammer are in the midst of a custody battle. Besides division of their ample assets—including 25 cars and homes in at least five states—custody of their two young children, Mason, 9, and Jude, 6, will likely be decided during a trial.
  • Britney Spears and Kevin Federline 5 of 23
    Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
    Britney lost custody of her children Sean Preston, 5, and Jayden James, 4, after her well-publicized meltdowns, but reportedly spoke with Kevin in late 2010 about regaining custody.
  • Elin Nordgren and Tiger Woods 6 of 23
    Elin Nordgren and Tiger Woods
    Tiger Wood and Elin Nordegen are officially divorced. Woods will have the custody of their two children for at least one weekend a month, and possibly for longer periods.
  • Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell 7 of 23
    Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell
    The Top Chef host had troubles with Dell from the time she was pregnant. A paternity test later revealed that Dell was, in fact, the biological father. Adam then sought full custody of one-year-old Krishna Thea, claiming that Lakshmi has prevented him from spending time with his daughter and stating that he can provide a more "stable" environment for her than her mother.
  • Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller 8 of 23
    Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller
    After months of fighting, this feuding couple have finally come to a custody agreement pertaining to their twin boys, Max and Bob. The couple decided to share joint legal and physical custody of the 2-year-old boys, and that their attorneys submitted the details of the deal to a judge.
  • Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin 9 of 23
    Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin
    After they divorced in 2001, Alec and Kim were embattled in a seven year custody fight for daughter Ireland. Although the ex-couple has shared custody, the animosity between the two still exists. In eight years, both amassed nearly 100 court proceedings and about $3 million in legal fees.
  • David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach 10 of 23
    David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach
    Hasselhoff had his custody revoked due to his recorded battles with alcoholism. But a shocking court date in 2007 gave him full custody of his kids due to allegations of abuse from Bach. Then in December 2007, Hasselhoff and Bach reached a settlement agreement to have joint custody of their kids.
  • Jenelle Evans and Barbara Evans 11 of 23
    Jenelle Evans and Barbara Evans
    Teen Mom Jenelle Evans lost custody over baby Jace to her mother, Barbara Evans. Jenelle's hard partying and relation- ships with troubled guys have been causing problems for years. In March, the star of MTV's "Teen Mom 2," was arrested for assault.
  • Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston 12 of 23
    Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston
    When this couple split, Palin took custody of their son. Johnston has visiting rights but Palin said that when the boy is older she doesn't know ‘if Levi will be in his life at all'. The couple is constantly shifting the terms of their relationship and tugging at custody rights, with Bristol wanting Levi to give up his parental rights to 2-year-old Tripp.
  • Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook 13 of 23
    Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook
    Christie Brinkley spent more than $2 million dollars in 2008 to retain custody of her two children with Peter Cook. A little over a week after the trial began in July 2008, Brinkley and Cook reached an out-of-court-settlement, and she won sole custody of the kids.
  • Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson 14 of 23
    Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson
    Oksana accused Mel of physically abusing her and had audio tapes to prove it. Recently, sources said that Oksana has told a judge hearing the couple's child custody dipsute that she is withdrawing all domestic violence allegations against Mel Gibson from the case. The former couple have been fighting over custody of their infant daughter for more than a year.
  • Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee 15 of 23
    Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
    During their 2002 custody battle, Anderson accused Tommy of giving her hepatitis C while he denied the claim. In court documents, Anderson also accused Lee of being a "very angry, unstable man who presents a danger to others, particularly when he is using alcohol." Lee, who spent time in prison in 1998 for assaulting Anderson, denied the allegation that he was a bad parent to their kids. The ex-couple reached an agreement in 2002 to have joint custody of their two sons.
  • Heather Mills and Paul McCartney 16 of 23
    Heather Mills and Paul McCartney
    In March 2008, a divorce-court judge in London decided that Heather Mills and Paul McCartney would have joint custody of daughter Beatrice. McCartney was ordered to pay child support to Mills.
  • Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston 17 of 23
    Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston
    Their divorce became final in April 2007 and they feuded over custody of their daughter. The two have been in and out of rehab for the past decade. But their biggest battle came when trying to determine custody of their daughter Bobbi Kirstina. Houston was eventually awarded legal and physical custody in 2007.
  • Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe 18 of 23
    Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe
    The late Jackson and Rowe were in a custody battle but she signed off custody of Paris and Prince Michael once they split. In 2004 she asked for the reversal of the settlement. She eventually ended up making $4 million for allowing the children to stay with their family after Michael's death.
  • Lorraine Bracco and Harvey Keitel 19 of 23
    Lorraine Bracco and Harvey Keitel
    Lorraine Bracco and Harvey Keitel were never married but they each sought full custody of daughter Stella in a legal battle lasted six years. She was accused of cheating on him with actor Edward James Olmos (who she later married and divorced), while she claimed that Keitel was abusive. Bracco was awarded full custody in 1999, and Keitel was given visitation rights.
  • Woody Allen and Mia Farrow 20 of 23
    Woody Allen and Mia Farrow
    This couple broke up in 1992 after Farrow discovered that Allen was having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. In 1992, Allen filed a lawsuit against Farrow to get custody of their two of their adopted kids and their biological son. Allen lost the case and Farrow was awarded sole custody of the kids. Allen and Previn have been married since 1997, and they have two adopted daughters together.
  • Anne Heche and Coley Laffoon 21 of 23
    Anne Heche and Coley Laffoon
    Coley Laffoon filed for divorce from Anne Heche in February 2007 after reports surfaced that she was being unfaithful with her co-star James Tupper. While fighting over custody of their son, things got ugly as they battled it out. In June 2007, a court awarded the ex-couple joint custody of their son, and Heche was ordered to pay child support.
  • Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson 22 of 23
    Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson
    After this couple split up back in 1993, they fought in court which was all over the tabloids. They accused each other of being unfaithful, Anderson said that he was abusive. The former couple agreed to shared custody of Quinton, and Anderson was awarded child support in their 1994 divorce settlement.
  • Anna Nicole Smith, Larry Birkhead, Howard K. Stern 23 of 23
    Anna Nicole Smith, Larry Birkhead, Howard K. Stern
    When Anna Nicole Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007, Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern were involved in a custody dispute over Dannielynn . Both men claimed they were Dannielynn's biological father. After a long, drawn out and public trial, a paternity test proved that Birkhead was the father of Dannielynn and was then awarded full custody by the court.

 

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