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Could You Deal With Not Having Custody of Your Kids?

While everyone is focused on the amount of child support Russell Simmons is to pay his ex-wife, Kimora Lee, to care for their daughters in their recently reached divorce settlement; I am more focused on the issue of custody. It has been reported, that the mother of fabulosity will be the primary keeper of their daughters. The Insider said:

Kimora Lee has obtained sole legal and physical custody of their two young daughters, Ming, 8, and Aoki, 5. Russell will have visitation with the girls for one week every eighth week with additional summer vacation and holiday time. Kimora Lee will have the legal authority to make all decisions regarding their daughters' health, education and welfare.


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sofi sofi 8 years
I thought he came out with a statement right after she filed for full custody? It didn't sound like he was ok with it from what I remember. There is obviously much more to this story- but hopefully they'll (Kimora) will keep it to themselves for the kids.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Does anyone know if Russell even wanted more visitation? In California they are very good with granting fathers visitation and custody. I have a 55/45 split. It is really hard to be without my son that much. My ex has become a wonderful father in the last couple of years and I do not worry about my son when he is with him.
sofi sofi 8 years
RobinFabulous- you are right about not knowing what happens in their private lives. I just wonder what would be the case with Russell Simmons for a judge to agree to that- that couple always 'appeared' so civil.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
I have full custody of both of my older children. He is an absentee parent they are MY children. He doesn't even have set visitation. It was totally in thier best interest. He has visitation when I see fit. He's totally irresponsible with them and almost let our youngest (special needs) child drown in his care twice in one weekend. That effectively stopped his visits. Plus he live over 4 hours away and as young as my children are plus with my son's extra needs it's a long grueling trip. he's welcome to have contact with them anytime, and welcome to come do daily visits, but for their safety I insisted on and won full legal and physical custody. On the outside he seemed like a great dad. You never know what goes n in people's lives
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
I dont have kids but i know that I wouldnt want them to live anywhere but with me. I watch Kimora's show and she puts alot of effort to make seem like shes a hands on mom - when in reality shes not. The kids have so many activities they attend that they barely see her. Her nannies, bodygaurds and housekeepers spend more time with them they she does. I think this is another ploy so ppl would think she such a caring mom. Its really sad for the Simmons girls.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
I don't think I'm the better parent. Mostly for schedule reasons and things of that sort it would be very hard for my kids father to have them other than on a weekend if we ever split. And seriously it would KILL him. LILRuck, I agree, so many fathers get the crappy end of the deal. But still if for any reason we ever split I would hate to be without them, but would never keep them from him. I think that's horrible. You are only hurting your kids in the end.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
Of course I couldn't live without my kids, but what makes people think that fathers can? Besides, having a custody agreement doesn't mean living without your kids, just not living with them every day. I feel like father's get the crappy end of the deal so often, mostly because the mother thinks she is the better parent and the court system blindly accepts it. And good for you pinkprincess!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I personally wouldn't BUT if it was better for the children because I was a nutjob, then I would deal with it. :-)
vmruby vmruby 8 years
Absolutely not.My kids mean the world to me and I can't imagine ever being without them.......
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
what a glad everyone put "no" as their answer! HELL TO THE NO my answer!
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
On her show, she seems so civil towards him. Why is she acting like this with the kids!??
redheadkimie redheadkimie 8 years
This seems ridiculous and unfair. I couldn't imagine not seeing my daughter for 8 weeks.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
its hard when my daughter has to leave on the weekends hes only supposed to get her every other weekend but i allow her to go every weekend she loves him and he loves her i couldnt take that happiness away from either, he is a good dad, i could never be without my kids
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I know I couldn't live without my son. I'm guessing in the Simmons case Russell didn't want to make a big fuss and turn the custody case into some soap opera. Kimora can be very dramatic. I have male friends who have taken their exes to court to fight for more visitation rights. I know one who fought to see his son every weekend because the judge made some absurd call that he could only see him two weekends a month.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
Wow, I'm not a parent but I can't imagine being that age and seeing my dad only once every two months. Kimora is screwing up those kids; taking away their dad, spoiling them the way she does on her show
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Wow, he only gets them once every EIGHT weeks??? And she has authority to make all decisions about them?? Makes me wonder if there was more going on here than was reported in the press....
sofi sofi 8 years
Sorry, I don't know much about custody and all- but are you telling me that Kimora can keep her kids away from their father for up to 8 weeks until it is 'his week'? It's up to her and she can allow that? I find that strange- I didn't think he was a criminal or questionable with the kids. Don't they all live in LA? Now, even Brit has better visitation rights. So strange considering this couple still lived with each other after their separation,no. Maybe because of their new significant others? I couldn't bare to not have the kids for 8 weeks straight.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
Absolutely NOT. There is no way. I don't know really how any mother can have their children not living with them, unless there is a very good reason. If the kids are old enough to decided on their own who they want to live with, I would be devistated if they chose their father over me. I hope I never have to go through that.
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