Eight months after ending their 10-year relationship, Flipping Out stars Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward managed to play nice long enough to reach an agreement regarding the custody of their daughter.
According to People, the exes were in court on Wednesday for private mediation, during which they came to a legal temporary custody agreement for two-year-old Monroe.
Jeff confirmed that an agreement had been reached between he and Gage during an episode of his podcast, Jeff Lewis Live!, last week.
“We were able to sit down like adults,” he said. “We were able to talk things through and we came up with a temporary schedule that works for us. It’s signed.”
Jeff said he believed the agreement “works best” for Monroe and even went on to compliment his ex’s parenting skills.
“I was very much relieved because my biggest concern was Monroe and I feel like this works best for her,” he said. “I want to co-parent with Gage. I’m feeling very hopeful moving forward. He’s a good dad.”
Jeff’s positive take on the situation with Gage may come as a surprise to some, given the couple’s tumultuous status as recent as this week. On the August 1 and August 2 episodes of Jeff’s podcast, he expressed being in “a state of stress” and “worrying about the baby” when she’s with Gage.
“I did cry this morning on the way to work,” Jeff said on the August 2 episode. “I’m so overloaded with stress and anxiety. It’s torture. There’s not a day that goes by. I’m living in a state of fear. There’s such a complete lack of respect and consideration and now I’m in a station where I have to litigate. I have no other choice.”
On Tuesday’s episode, Jeff claimed that Gage had “taken the peace out of [his] life.”
“I don’t hate the guy…[but] it’s a bad situation,” he added.
As for what caused the change of heart towards his ex, Jeff said it was the two of them listening to other cases being tried in court—cases involving “domestic violence, child abuse, child endangerment.”
“…Gage and I are in nice suits, sitting there with our $600-an-hour attorneys and our lattes,” he said. “And I’m sitting here listening to this stuff like, ‘We’re d–bags.’ Because I’m going to be up there like, ‘He picked her up from breakfast at 8 a.m. and not 10 a.m.’ and they’re like, ‘He beat me!’”
Jeff added that the whole experience “really put things into perspective” and made he and Gage’s problems seem “very trivial.”
“[Wednesday] was a real win for both of us,” he continued. “I’m so glad we were able to go outside and work it out.”
Jeff and Gage will head to court again October 3 and meet before a private judge to determine a permanent agreement for Monroe. Both parents are seeking joint legal and physical custody.