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Pete Wentz and Ashlee -- Custody Battle Underway

3/8/2011 4:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Pete Wentz does NOT want his soon-to-be-ex wife Ashlee Simpson to get primary physical custody of their 2-year-old son Bronx -- as she's requested -- and now he's taking her on in court ... TMZ has learned.

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Wentz just filed legal papers in response to Ashlee's divorce petition ... asking the judge for JOINT physical and legal custody of their son.   In her divorce petition, Ashlee checked the box that indicated she wanted primary physical custody.

According to the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, Wentz also wants each party to pay their own legal fees ... even though Ashlee asked the court to make Pete foot the bill for both sides.

And while Ashlee didn't specify the official break-up date in her papers -- Pete says the two called it quits on Feb. 9 ... just days after Pete came home from a wife-less trip to Dallas for the Super Bowl.

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1.

Chaz    

wife-less trips shouldn't end like this. www.livingthesheen.com

1137 days ago
2.

PhilipMarkum    

*** WHAT DIRTY LITTLE SECRET DOES PETE WENTZ HAVE ON ASHLEE SIMPSON? ASHLEE PRESENTS A PRETTY GOOD PUBLIC PICTURE ESPECIALLY WITH HER BILLION DOLLAR MANUFACTURING MACHINE SISTER JESSICA. ***

1137 days ago
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CrashAndBurn    

These two kids are way too young to be fighting for child custody. It's a shame the people in Hollywood can't be civilized when it comes to parenting.

1137 days ago
4.

alex    

1137 days ago
5.

bobroberts    

WHO CARES ABOUT THESE TWO WASHED-UP HAS-BEENs?

Has anyone ever noticed how 1. The Wentz guy looks like a chimpanzee and 2. Ashlee and Wentz look like each other.

AMERICA ONLY CARES ABOUT YOUR SISTER! JUST GO!

1137 days ago
6.

messenger69    

Ashlee, I'am your Huckleberry.

1137 days ago
7.

bagladey    

Why shouldn't he have joint custody? I see lots of pictures of him out with his son where Pete's carrying a bag for the kid and caring for his son, and he just always seems to be a good dad.

1137 days ago
8.

Italia    

TO: No. 3. [CrashAndBurn] who wrote:
“These two kids are way too young to be fighting for child custody. It's a shame the people in Hollywood can't be civilized when it comes to parenting.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

There’s a whole lot of money that goes with the kid(s), which is at least partially why everybody fights over who gets custody.

Hollywood’s custodial parents average $25,000 each month for EACH CHILD.

1137 days ago
9.

Lori    

Joint custody until the child begins school...then primary physical custody should be with ONE parent to ensure continuity for the child's education.

1137 days ago
10.

Rotter    

A couple of 3rd-tier "entertainers". I feel sorry for their little boy.....

1137 days ago
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Christina G.    

Judging from the TMZ pap shots, he spent just as much time with his son, if not more, than his wife. He SHOULD have joint custody. Why should he and the child suffer because she's a spoiled brat (aka a Simpson daughter).

1137 days ago
12.

ocgirl    

Good for him. Why shouldn't he get joint legal custody? Unless there are reasons we (the public are not aware of). And they should pay their own legal fees...

Good Luck Pete.

1137 days ago
13.

Murf    

You know if these people didn't have so much money you could call them "White Trash". But since they have all that money, you have to call them "White Trash With Lots of Money"

1137 days ago
14.

NatTxn    

Yay!!! A man who wants to be with his child. Love it!!

1137 days ago
15.

writenow    

Go Pete! See Familylawcourts.com

1137 days ago
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