Olivia Wilde Being Served Custody Papers In Front Of An Audience In Las Vegas Is Not OK

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Olivia Wilde, an acclaimed actor and film director, was served custody papers while in the middle of speaking live to an audience, on stage in Las Vegas, at a CinemaCon event.

Taking to the stage to present a trailer for her upcoming film - psychological thriller Don't Worry Darling, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh - she was interrupted during her speech, by a person presenting her with a manila envelope marked 'personal and confidential.'

Taking the envelope, the director asked: 'This is for me, right?', while also continuing to introduce footage of her new film, which is set to be released in the UK on September 23.

'Very mysterious. I’m going to open it now,' she then said, addressing the situation.

As she glanced at its contents, the 38-year-old went on to say: 'Is this a script? . . .' Followed by 'OK, got it. Thank you,' as, presumably, she noticed what the document was really about. Reportedly, the envelope contained legal papers pertaining to the custody of her children.

In 2020, Wilde announced her split from fellow actor Jason Sudeikis, with whom she had been in a relationship since 2013 and shared two children, Otis, eight and Daisy, five.

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Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

Though neither Wilde, nor Sudeikis has issued comment on the situation, despite being contacted by countless publications, since the event, a source purporting to be close to Ted Lasso star Sudeikis has said that he had no idea that his ex-partner was going to be served so publicly.

As per the source: 'papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis.'

'Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.'

Regardless, the choice to interrupt Wilde's speech, in front of a large audience (including press) at the risk of damaging her professional reputation, has gone down incredibly badly.

The decision to serve her in this way has struck many as unnecessary and others have pointed out that it seems inconceivable a man would have been treated in the same manner.

It has been pointed out that the person serving the document had the credentials to be able to serve her at a different moment during the convention, and that it didn't have to be in the middle of her speech:

Others have suggested that such a public stunt could have consequences for Wilde's mental health and also that of her children:

Other Twitter users commended Wilde for handling the situation like a true professional:

According to The Times, CinemaCon has since said that it will revisit its security protocols, after the papers were handed to Wilde by an attendee at the event.

In the UK, when making child arrangements after a couple have divorced or separated, an agreement can be outlined in a parenting plan without the need for a court case, if the situation is handled amicably.

In the event that a couple can't agree, a child's mother of father or whoever has parental responsibility can apply for a court order.

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Photo credit: Stefanie Keenan - Getty Images

In the USA, things are similar. The parents can come to an agreement on child custody and visitation, as a result of informal settlement negotiations (usually with the help of attorneys) or out-of-court alternative dispute resolution proceedings like mediation or "collaborative law". It can be slightly more difficult if the couple were never married - which Wilde and Sudeikis were not.

According to FindLaw: 'The rights of unmarried parents in child custody may depend on if both are legally recognised as the parents of the child.'

You may have to attend a court appointment and go to numerous court hearings, and before the court makes a decision, it may ask that parents try mediation again or go on a course to help resolve issues.

For further information on making child arrangements after divorce or separation, click here.

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