Sophie Turner is suing ex-husband Joe Jonas in order to try and move their two children back to her native UK in the latest bitter twist in the pair’s messy divorce battle.
In documents filed to the US District Court in New York on Thursday, the 27-year-old Game Of Thrones alum is petitioning ‘for the return of children to England.’
‘Petitioner, Sophie Belinda Turner (the “Mother”), by and through her undersigned attorneys, files this Verified Petition for Return of Children to England (the “Petition”), against the Respondent, Joseph Adam Jonas (the “Father”), the court filing reads.
It comes after Jonas, 34, filed for divorce in Miami, Florida earlier this month from the mother of his two children.
Sophie Turner is suing Joe Jonas in order to try and move their two children back to her native UK amid their bitter divorce battle
Paperwork filed in a Manhattan court by Turner, 27, sees her petitioning ‘for return of children to England’
The couple had been married for four years, and share daughters three-year-old Willa and one-year-old D.J..
In documents seen by DailyMail.com, Turner alleges that Jonas won’t return their children’s passports.
‘On or about September 17, 2023, the parties met to discuss their separation,’ the petition reads.
‘The Mother reiterated the parties’ agreed plan for the children to return home to England that week. 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.
‘The next day, the Mother’s solicitor in England reconfirmed to the Father’s Florida attorney that the Mother 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 the Mother.
‘Based on the Father’s express statements that he will not return the children to England and will not return the children’s passports to the Mother, on September 20, 2023, the Mother has submitted her Hague Convention Application for Return to the Central Authority for England & Wales seeking the return of the children to England.’
Turner also alleges that the former couple had plans for her and the children to join Jonas and his family on his band’s US tour before returning to the UK where they would live in a rental property.
She claimed they would move into a new home in the UK when it was completed in December of this year.
According to the filing, the couple had often discussed their desire to raise their children in Turner’s native country as they regarded it as a ‘safe location.’
While spending Christmas last year in the UK, the couple had stayed at a rental property near Turner’s parents’ house in Warwickshire.
During this time, Turner claimed she and Jonas had ‘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.’
‘The parties agreed that the timing was right for the family to settle permanently in England, particularly given the older child’s age. The parties were both excited for the family’s move to England,’ the documents read.
The search for their new ‘forever home’ lasted from December until July this year as the couple ‘physically toured family homes… together.’
The search ended when they found a ‘beautiful country property’ in Oxfordshire and they ‘both agreed they would purchase the property for the family’s permanent home.’
‘The parties 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,’ the documents read.
In preparation for their relocation to the UK, the couple listed their family home in Miami, which sold for $15 million earlier this year.
‘On or about April 10, 2023, the family relocated to England’ and have been staying in rentals as they awaited to move into their new home, according to the filing.
The couple had been married for four years, and share daughters three-year-old Willa and one-year-old D.J.. Pictured is Jonas with his two daughters earlier this month
In documents seen by DailyMail.com, Turner alleges that Jonas won’t return their children’s passports
The actress also disputed Jonas’s claim in his divorce filings that the children had lived in Florida for six months before announcing their split.
‘In furtherance of the parties’ shared plan, the children travelled to the United States with the Father and their nanny,’ the documents read.
‘Thereafter, the breakdown of the parties’ marriage happened very suddenly. The parties had an argument on August 15, 2023. On or about September 1, 2023, the Father filed a divorce case against the Mother in Florida. On or about September 5, 2023, the Mother found out through the media that the Father had filed for divorce.
‘In his divorce filing in Florida, the Father seeks, inter alia, divorce, a parenting plan, and a timesharing schedule to be ordered by the Florida state court. The Father incorrectly claims in his divorce filings that the children have resided in Florida for the six months prior to the filing of the Father’s Florida case.’
The petition goes on further to say that Turner was also initiating legal proceedings in the UK.
‘The children were to be returned home to England on September 20, 2023. The Father has prevented the children’s return to England, which is a breach of the Mother’s rights of custody under English law, England being the children’s habitual residence,’ it reads.
Shedding more light on the children’s living arrangements, Turner alleges that ‘with some hesitation’ that the couple had ‘planned and agreed’ that it ‘would be best’ for Willa and D.J. to travel with their father and nanny to the US in August.
Jonas and Turner sold their stunning waterfront mansion in Miami for $15 million
Pictured is the formal dining room – which has seating for eight – sports bright green furniture, vibrant blue walls, and a matching glass chandelier
Multi-colored furniture and bright details could be seen throughout the tropical home
Despite Jonas being on tour and busy performing in the evenings, he was able to spend time with his children during the day.
Turner traveled to meet her family in the US in September and the children ‘would then at least be able to spend some time during the day with one of their parents until the Mother finished her filming commitments.’
‘The parties agreed that the children moving around with the Father on tour was only going to be a temporary arrangement,’ according to the filing.
‘The parties’ agreed plan was that when the Mother finished filming on September 14, 2023, she would travel to New York to collect the children and return home to England.
‘The parties’ plan was for the Mother to spend a week with the family in New York, and then to return home to England with the children on September 20, 2023, where the Mother has a short work commitment on September 28, 2023.’
Following news of their divorce, reports emerged that she ‘likes to party and he likes to stay at home.’
Various sources who claim to have ‘direct knowledge’ of the situation have briefed US sites including TMZ that Jonas was watching his children Willa, three, and DJ, 14 months, full-time while on tour – while Turner filmed for new series Joan in the UK.
It was also reported by TMZ that Jonas is said to have known his marriage was over when Turner was allegedly caught ‘saying and/or doing something’ on their Ring security camera.
Meanwhile Turner’s camp has stayed silence, instead taking to the courts to fight her battles.
But as the reports emerged painting Jonas as a devoted father and Turner as a party animal, a series of columns defending the actress – and questioning why the musician was being praised for looking after his own children – appeared.
Writing for Vogue at the time, Raven Smith said: ‘Team Jonas is throwing a careless-mother narrative at proceedings and seeing if it sticks, sowing seeds of his wife being a less-than-gold-star parent. Nobody is saying out loud she’s subpar; it’s just heavily, heavily insinuated that her liking to go out clashes with his homebody status.
‘It’s very read between the lines, please, she is not mothering at an acceptable standard.
Exes united! Taylor Swift, 33, and Sophie Turner, 27, two of Joe Jonas’ exes, were seen strolling arm-in-arm as they enjoyed a girls’ night out in New York City on Tuesday
Good spirits: The star appeared to be in good spirits as she made her way through a crowded sidewalk
‘The misogyny here is so ridiculously stark. All these motherly expectations serve only to keep women repressed.’
Turner made headlines earlier this week when she stepped out for the girls’ night out with her ex-husband’s famous superstar ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift, in New York City.
They were seen strolling arm-in-arm as they enjoyed a girls’ night out until 2am on Tuesday.
The Bad Blood hitmaker, 33, caught up with the 27-year-old actress as they enjoyed a lowkey dinner at Via Carota in the heart of the city.
The Grammy winner notably dated Jonas from July 2008 until their split only a few months later in October.
Turner tied the knot with Jonas in 2019 until their shock split came to light two weeks ago.
However, his exes appeared to be in good spirits as they held small smiles on their faces as they made their way through a crowded sidewalk.
Swift showed off her early fall style by donning a rust-colored dress which she layered with an oversized, denim jacket that she chose to leave unfastened.
She slipped into a pair of brown, crocodile-embossed Reformation Nylah Nappa Knee Boots that contained a chunky heel on the back.
Her blonde locks were easily swept back into a simple ponytail, allowing her bangs to gently fall down straight onto her forehead.
The Cruel Summer songstress accessorized her ensemble for the special outing by adding an assortment of gold-chained necklaces as well as dainty gold earrings.
For a bit of color contrast, Swift was seen carrying a green purse in her hand to hold items she needed for the lavish weeknight dinner.
‘Sensitive’: In a recent update in the former couple’s shock divorce, and sources have recently claimed that the Waffle House singer has been ‘very sensitive’ about his relationship; seen earlier this month in Las Vegas
As she joined one of his exes, Turner flashed a glimpse of her taut midriff wearing a gray, halter-styled cropped top with a plunging neckline.
The Do Revenge actress slipped into a pair of loose-fitting, dark gray trousers that were secured with a belt. A black sweater was tied around her waist in case she grew chilly later in the evening.
The star slipped into a pair of white sneakers to stay comfortable for the outing and slung a small, black purse over her shoulder.
Similar to Swift, her hair was also tossed up into a stylish ponytail, allowing loose strands to border the sides of her face.
The mother of two added a gold-chained necklace as well as fashionable, dangly gold earrings to accessorize her look for the night.
The stylish pair were spotted making their way through a crowded street in the bustling city as they confidently linked arms.
Fans have speculated that Swift track titled, Forever & Always, from her album Fearless was possibly written about her ex, as well as Mr. Perfectly Fine, which appeared as a Vault track on her Fearless (Taylor’s Version) album.
Shortly after the split, Swift opened up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed that Jonas had broken up with her over a 25-second phone call.
‘Some day, I’m gonna find somebody really, really, really great, who’s right for me,’ the singer stated.
‘When I find that person that is right for me, he’ll be wonderful and when I look at that person, I’m not even gonna be able to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 25 seconds when I was 18,’ she added.
According to People, Jonas later took to his own Myspace page to address the phone call that Swift had mentioned.
‘For those who have expressed concern over the “27 second” phone call, I called to discuss feelings with the other person. Those feelings were obviously not well received. I did not end the conversation,’ he wrote at the time.
‘Someone else did. Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk.’
However, as the years passed, the two appeared to be on good terms. In 2019, Swift notably apologized to the actor for putting him ‘on blast’ during her Ellen DeGeneres interview.