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Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward Have Come to a Temporary Custody Agreement for Daughter Monroe
The Flipping Out designer called co-parenting with his ex "a bad situation" just days before their private mediation.
Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward have reached a temporary custody agreement for their 2-year-old daughter, Monroe, following their break-up in January of this year.
The Flipping Out exes met in private mediation at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, August 7, according to PEOPLE. They will appear in court before a private judge on October 3 to determine a permanent agreement. Both Jeff and Gage are seeking joint legal and physical custody.
Jeff addressed the agreement during the August 8 episode of his Radio Andy show Jeff Lewis Live. “We were able to sit down like adults,” he said, as reported by PEOPLE. “We were able to talk things through and we came up with a temporary schedule that works for us. It’s signed.”
He added that he was optimistic that he and Gage will be able to successfully raise Monroe together after their split. “I was very much relieved because my biggest concern was Monroe, and I feel like this works best for her,” Jeff shared. “I want to co-parent with Gage. I’m feeling very hopeful moving forward. He’s a good dad.”
A source told PEOPLE that Gage “thought the two had a productive sit down conversation that paved the way for happy co-parenting for the future.”
Jeff and Gage had initially been keeping things amicable after they decided to go their separate ways as a couple in January. Jeff said that he would never deny Gage the chance to see Monroe as they figured out custody of their daughter. "If there's bumps in the road, and there could be, and this could get a little contentious, I just want to vow that I will never use our baby as a weapon. And I thought about it this morning, if there is some judge that says, 'OK, Gage, you get the baby Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,' I am making a vow that even though some judge stipulates when he can see the baby, he can see the baby whenever he wants to see the baby. And I don't care what any judge says," Jeff said on his radio show in February. "He needs to know that, that he has 24-hour access."
Their co-parenting arrangement had been working out for a while with Jeff even once saying that the three of them seemed like "a happy family," as if he and Gage had never broken up. However, Jeff expressed on his radio show in May that he felt like he needed to set some boundaries with Gage because the "open door visitation policy is not working out."
At the time, Jeff said that he felt like he and Gage could work things out on their own and not involve their attorneys. But by June, things became tense between Jeff and Gage as they took care of Monroe, as well as during meetings with their lawyers to discuss a custody arrangement. “Unfortunately, during breakups you see people for who they really are,” Jeff said on his radio show. “The problem is, when you hurt each other this way, it’s very hard to get through it. Sometimes people do such terrible things and say such terrible things.”
Jeff opened up on his radio show about how much stress and anxiety he was experiencing as he and Gage worked on figuring out a visitation schedule for Monroe just a week before their recent successful mediation. In a few episodes of Jeff Lewis Live, the designer shared that he was "always upset every day," he cried on the way to work one morning, and that he was "living in a state of fear," according to PEOPLE. “He’s taken the peace out of my life,” he said in the August 6 episode of Jeff Lewis Live, as reported by PEOPLE. “I don’t hate the guy…[but] it's a bad situation.”
But Jeff and Gage were finally able to put their differences aside to come to a custody agreement after sitting in family court and listening to other cases involving domestic violence, child abuse, and child endangerment. “It really put things into perspective,” Jeff said in the August 8 episode of his radio show. “Our problems seemed very trivial. Yesterday was a real win for both of us. I’m so glad we were able to go outside and work it out.”
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