Sophie Turner Files Lawsuit to Return Her Children to England Amidst Custody Battle with Joe Jonas
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, 27, has initiated legal action in a Manhattan court to request the return of
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, 27, has initiated legal action in a Manhattan court to request the return of her two children, 3-year-old Willa and her 14-month-old daughter, known as D. in previous court documents, to England.
The lawsuit, directed at her estranged husband Joe Jonas, 34, seeks “the immediate return of children wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained,” with Turner’s legal team asserting that the “wrongful retention” began on September 20.
In her lawsuit, Turner claims that she and Jonas agreed to declare England as their “forever home” during conversations held over Christmas in 2022 as they prepared for the year ahead.
According to the documents, the couple sold their Miami home, where they previously resided, and were in the process of purchasing a home in the English countryside in April. During this period, Turner began filming for the Joan mini-series she has been working on throughout the summer.
The legal documents state that after Jonas commenced touring with The Jonas Brothers, both parties agreed to allow their children to accompany him due to his greater availability during daytime hours compared to Turner, who was engaged in filming. However, the documents note that Turner had “hesitation” about this “temporary arrangement.”
Turner asserts that the deterioration of their marriage occurred “very suddenly” following an argument on August 15. Jonas filed for divorce on September 1, and Turner learned about the split “from the media” a few days later.
The custody dispute escalated during a meeting two weeks later, during which Turner reiterated her plan to relocate to England. However, Jonas had a change of heart and disagreed with this plan.
As per the legal documents, “The Father has possession of the children’s passports. He refuses to return the passports to the Mother and refuses to send the children home to England with the Mother.”
Turner’s legal team alleges that Jonas’ attorney confirmed on September 19 that he would not return the passports and would not consent to their daughters’ move.
Jonas and Turner married in 2019 after nearly three years of dating. Upon announcing their separation, they both posted a joint statement on their social media accounts, stating, “After four wonderful years of marriage, we have mutually decided to amicably end our marriage.” They requested privacy and respect for their wishes regarding their children.