Bill O’Reilly lost custody of his children after an appeals court in New York upheld a lower-court decision.
The Wrap reports via Yahoo News that the Nassau County Supreme Court ruling upheld a lower-court decision that the Fox News host’s kids – ages 13 and 17 – should live with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy.
Court documents reveal that the supreme court has awarded full-time custody to McPhilmy, and granted O’Reilly a share of legal custody. He also has equal say in material matters regarding their children. The ruling was made on Feb. 24.
The higher court concluded that there was a “sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination” in the case. They considered what’s in the best interest of the children, which is what led to O’Reilly’s ex-wife being awarded primary residential custody.
The court process was a lengthy one – lasting since 2011 following O’Reilly’s divorce from McPhilmy.
According to Gawker, Bill O’Reilly’s 17-year-old daughter told a court-appointed medical examiner that she witnessed her father drag her mother down a staircase, was an absentee father, and expressed little interest in developing a relationship with her. She described him as “temperamental” as well. Additionally, O’Reilly’s daughter and 13-year-old son told their court-appointed lawyers that they preferred living with their mother over their father.
The Appellate Division issued a 1,400-word opinion on the custody case, and how it arrived to the decision that the children are better off living with their mother.
“Viewing the totality of the circumstances, there 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 opinion read.