‘Southern Charm’: Thomas Ravenel Awarded Primary Custody of Children With Kathryn Dennis
Southern Charm couple Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel have been at odds for so long, that it’s become the norm for fans. Now, in a surprise turn of events, it seems as if the couple has managed to come to an agreement when it comes to custody, visitation, and payments, according to court documents obtained by All About The Tea.
These changes come after Thomas Ravenel and former nanny Dawn Ledwell settled their dispute over sexual assault allegations made by Ledwell against Ravenel.
Thomas Ravenel settles assault allegations
Previously, former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel was in court battling sexual assault allegations levied against him by the former nanny of his children, Dawn Ledwell. Ledwell alleged that Ravenel confronted her in his house, and forced himself on her.
Ledwell said that Ravenel “approached [her] without any hesitation and attempted to kiss [her].” Ledwell added, “It escalated from there where he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Although it wasn’t penile penetration, what he did do was identified by the law as first-degree forcible rape.”
Despite Ledwell’s claims, Ravenel wound up getting off rather lightly. Ravenel decided to plea guilty to the charges laid against him, earning a plea deal that resulted in a 30-day sentenced suspended to a $500 fine. Ledwell accepted the plea deal in return for Ravenel donating a sum of money to People Against Rape.
“While [Thomas’] memory differs in critical ways from my own regarding the incident, I accept Thomas’ apology for his unwarranted physical contact … and I believe him when he says he never intended to sexually assault me,” wrote Ledwell in a July 19 affidavit.
Ravenel wrote in his own affidavit, “While I reiterate that I have never intentionally sexually assaulted anyone, I … acknowledge that by making an unwelcome advance to Dawn in my home, while she was babysitting my daughter, I behaved improperly and caused her immediate and lasting emotional distress.”
Who pays for what?
Besides his battle with Dawn Ledwell, Ravenel has also been battling Southern Charm star and ex-girlfriend Kathryn Dennis for custody of their children since 2016. Previously, Dennis lost custody after failing a drug test in court. She went to rehab, returned clean, and while Ravenel was in court for assault, she lobbied for sole custody of the children.
Now, the courts have ruled that Thomas Ravenel will have primary custody of their children. However, Dennis and Ravenel will both have visitation.
When it comes to childcare, it seems as if Ravenel will be doing a large portion of the financing. According to court documents, Ravenel will “be responsible for payment of a nanny who shall assist [Dennis] during [her] time with the children.”
Ravenel will also be responsible for health care, though after-school costs will be shared. The two parents will also be expected to “attend co-parenting/parallel parenting sessions with Dr. Sandy Cassell for a minimum of 10 sessions, the cost of which shall be divided equally between the parties.”
Keeping it clean
Furthermore, the former Southern Charm couple is expected to raise their children in a calm and nurturing environment. That means no talking smack, or exposure to inappropriate media, including Southern Charm.
The court ruling “specifically prohibits either parent from granting the children permission to watch any episode or reunion show of Southern Charm. This restraint expires on each child’s 13 birthday.”
Meanwhile, both parents are limited from having partners overnight while the children are visiting, unless they are married. The documents read explain they may not have “any person with whom they are romantically involved (excluding a spouse) stay overnight with them while the children are present.”
Dennis and Ravenel are also required to maintain peace. The two may not “make any disparaging remarks about the other parent to the minor children, in the presence of the minor children, or within earshot of the minor children, or allow or encourage others to do the same.”