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Jeff Lewis Says He Is "Concerned" About Daughter Monroe Amid Latest Custody Arrangement

The Flipping Out designer opens up about his latest court appearance with ex Gage Edward.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Jeff Lewis Monroe Custody Battle

Jeff Lewis opened up about his latest court appearance with ex-partner Gage Edward as they continue to figure out their custody arrangement of daughter Monroe.

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During his Radio Andy Show Jeff Lewis Live on September 16, Jeff expressed his frustration over all of the time and money that continues to be spent in this legal battle. "I do want people to know I think this is ridiculous. I'm not so caught up in this to think this isn't absurd," he said. "I'm aware of the time we're wasting, I'm aware of the money that's being wasted. I just try not to get sick to my stomach over it."

Jeff went on to recall his latest court appearance with Gage in which the exes and their attorneys "sat there all day waiting, and the judge never saw us," according to the Flipping Out designer. "My attorney was like, 'Hey, if we're gonna sit for three hours, four hours, whatever, we might as well try to start, let's start a conversation," Jeff said. "So, we went back-and-forth and back-and-forth and back-and-forth."

Jeff said that ultimately "nothing got resolved," and he decided not to accept the final counter he received from Gage's attorney. "So then Gage's attorney and my attorney went into the court clerk and they requested a continuance. They can't see us until January 7, which means that the current custody schedule stays in place," Jeff said. "It remains in place, which for now, I did not want that to be adjusted because Gage is asking for two-two-three, and I don't think Monroe going three nights without seeing him or three nights without seeing me is a very good idea."

The Flipping Out dad went on to claim that he has seen "some very noticeable changes" in Monroe within the last 30 days. "When we went from a two nights a week with Gage to three nights, she immediately became — and she's an independent child — very, very clingy to me, needy, constantly asking me where I am, when am I coming back, can I put her down for nap, will I wake her up from nap, I'm not going anywhere, right, can I watch you from the monitor," Jeff alleged. "This is not my kid. My kid doesn't act like this. And she's been crying a lot. There's been a lot of tantrums. All of this, this could have something to do with school as well, but I noticed it was almost immediate once the third day was added." 

Jeff said that he is now thinking about getting some professional help for Monroe. "I'm now considering hiring a child psychologist to come in and maybe talk to her, observe her, because I'm concerned," he shared.

This is the latest in a contentious custody battle over Monroe, who turns 4 in October, since Jeff announced their split in January 2019. In addition to settling on a custody arrangement for Monroe, Jeff and Gage's legal proceedings this year have also included requests to change Monroe's name and a lawsuit over a $125,000 loan.

Despite the drama, Monore had separate celebrations for a successful first day back at school with both Jeff and Gage on September 10.

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