Teen Mother star’s ex welcomed secret little one with one other girl earlier than divorce & pair is now locked in bitter custody struggle
A TEEN Mom star’s ex-husband has welcomed a secret child with another woman before their divorce, as the couple is now locked in a bitter custody battle.
Maci Bookout’s best friend Keelie Taylor filed for divorce from her husband, Robert Lewis, on July 31, 2020 after over five years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Maci Bookout’s best friend is locked in a bitter custody battle
Keelie Taylor’s ex-husband is requesting 50/50 custody of their daughter
The couple tied the knot on April 25, 2015 and welcomed their daughter, Henley, on November 17, 2017.
Though their divorce was finalized in November 2020, The US Sun can exclusively reveal they continue to be locked in a vicious custody battle.
In September, Robert filed a petition to modify custody and child support.
Keelie is the primary residential parent of Henley, as Robert has her alternating weekends, and every other Wednesday and Thursday for four hours.
In the petition, Robert explained how he fathered a child born on November 10, 2020, just three months after Keelie filed for divorce.
The court papers read: “Petitioner would show it is in the best interest of the child to spend more time with her half-sibling to whom she has grown ended and attached to during Father’s parenting time.”
He said of the child that he is “legally responsible to support and is continuing to support with the child’s mother at his residence.”
He has also switched from working nights to days, allowing him more time with her during the weekdays.
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Robert would also like Henley to spend more time with his parents and extended family.
In addition, he would like child support modified because of the birth of his second child and a decrease in salary.
Robert is currently paying $974 per month in child support.
In his proposed parenting plan, he is requesting 50/50 custody of Henley and to pay $170 a month in child support.
In October 2022, Keelie responded by denying that a “material change in circumstances has occurred affecting the best interests of the child” and asked the court to dismiss his petition.
According to their original custody plan, Keelie received primary custody, as she gets her 275 days of the year while Robert will have her for 90 days.
Henley will be in Robert’s care every other weekend.
The weekend he does not have Henley, he will have her Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 8pm. He also has Henley during his off weekend from 9am to 6pm when Keelie is working.
For holidays, they have an odd schedule, even with the exception of Halloween, Keelie’s birthday and Mother’s Day, where the child will always be with her mom.
If Henley is sick, she will be with Keelie until fever free for 24 hours.
Each parent shall approve of the other’s “roommate,” unless married.
They must also leave Henley with an overnight babysitter on the list provided to the court.
Maci, 29, and her husband, Taylor McKinney, are on the list.
Keelie is to make major decisions regarding education, non-emergency healthcare and extracurricular activities, while they are to share religious upbringing decisions.
KEELIE’S NEW LIFE
Keelie didn’t take long before she moved on from her marriage, as she debuted her new man, Brandon Hicks, in June 2020 after meeting on a dating app.
Keelie and Brandon got engaged in October.
She has appeared on Teen Mom through the years as Maci’s best friend.
Keelie’s ex welcomed a child with another woman just three months after she filed for divorce
She moved on with a new man, who she is now engaged to
Keelie has appeared on Teen Mom OG through the years
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