Armie Hammer is filing for joint custody of his two children whom he shares with estranged wife, Elizabeth Chambers.
Hammer is requesting Chambers, 38, return to the U.S. to arrange a custody schedule for their daughter Harper Grace, 5, and son, Ford Douglas Armand, 3.
Currently, Chambers is staying in the Cayman Islands with their kids where both she and Hammer quarantined at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Hammer, 34, returned to Los Angeles after the two announced they were separating in July.
“As the coronavirus pandemic worsened in the United States, Elizabeth and Armie elected to stay with their children temporarily in the Cayman Islands where the pandemic appeared to be under greater control,” the actor’s lawyers state in legal documents according to The Blast.
“Armie returned to Los Angeles this past July, with a promise from Elizabeth that she and the children would follow shortly thereafter. To date, however, Elizabeth and the children remain in the Cayman Islands and Armie has not seen the children in several months now.”
Chambers previously filed for divorce in July, seeking primary physical custody as well as joint legal custody of their two children.
A source tells PEOPLE, “These are crazy times with COVID-19, shutting schools down in L.A. and Elizabeth just wants the kids to have a normal experience.”
Both Harper and Ford have enrolled at the same school Hammer attended when he was younger. The actor’s family moved to the Cayman Islands when he was just 7 years old and resided there for 5 years.
“The kids are able to attend school, play with their friends and lead a fairly normal life in the Cayman Islands. If they were in L.A., they would be stuck in front of a computer,” adds the source.
In the filing, Hammer said, “When I asked Elizabeth when she was coming home, however, she first told me that the airports were closed. Then I was informed through her attorneys that flights were merely limited but that she and our children would be back in Los Angeles on the first flight in October.”
He continued on staging how: “It is now several weeks into October and they have not returned.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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