Florida residents likely know Lena Headey best for her portrayal of the scheming matriarch Cersei Lannister on HBO's popular television show "Game of Thrones", but they may not be aware that the 43-year-old actress is involved in a contentious child custody dispute. Heady has a 6-year-old son from a marriage that ended in divorce in 2012, and her former husband took legal action after the Emmy-nominated actress enrolled the boy in an English school without consulting him first.
Headey says that she wants her son to be educated in England because she feels that schools in the United Kingdom are superior to those in Los Angeles, and she claims that her former husband initially agreed with and supported the move. However, hopes of an amicable resolution were dashed when the boy's father took legal action, and media reports indicate that Heady was ordered to return the boy to the United States by a California judge on Oct. 26.
A custody arrangement is said to guarantee the boy's father 10 days with his son each month, and Headey claims that these arrangements would be unaffected because her former husband planned to relocate to the U.K. Reports indicate that Headey was originally ordered to return her son to the U.S. by Sept. 5, but that deadline was relaxed to allow her to complete her work on season seven of the wildly popular show.
Estranged parents often change their minds or make inflammatory accusations during bitter child custody disputes, and experienced family law attorneys would likely advise individuals in this type of situation to insist that all agreements and understandings be documented and signed. Attorneys could urge parents to settle their differences amicably whenever possible to avoid the costs and public scrutiny of a protracted court battle.