Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has lost a bid to win sole custody of his teenaged children.
A New York appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that denied O’Reilly’s request to be the sole decision-maker of his 16 year old daughter and 12 year old son that he has with ex-wife Maureen McPhilmy.
The court held that “[t]here is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody. Particularly relevant in this case are the clearly stated preferences of the children, especially considering their age and maturity, and the quality of the home environment provided by the mother.” The court also reasoned that “if either parent were awarded sole decision-making authority, there would be a danger that it would be used to exclude the other parent from meaningful participation in the children’s lives.”
The host of the “No Spin Zone” will have visitation with the children on alternating weekends and other days and share joint decision-making authority with McPhilmy.
The ruling was first reported by Gawker, who earlier reported allegations that O’Reilly assaulted his ex-wife in front of their daughter. O’Reilly stated that “[a]ll allegations against me in these circumstances are 100% false.”
Source: New York Daily News, “Bill O’Reilly loses custody battle with ex-wife over their two kids,” Stephen Rex Brown, February 29, 2016