EXCLUSIVE: Ioan Gruffudd will reunite with two daughters Elsie and Ella weekly as judge orders ex Alice Evans to take girls to ‘reunification therapy’ with their dad
- New court docs obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Alice Evans has been ordered to take Elsie, 10, and Ella, 14, to weekly ‘reunification therapy’ with dad Ioan
- The judge also stipulated that ‘Neither party shall make derogatory remarks about or disparage the other party’ in front of their daughters
- The couple – who were declared legally divorced in July – have been locked in a bitter custody battle over the girls since their 2021 split
Fantastic Four star Ioan Gruffudd will reunite with his two daughters – at least once a week – after claiming his ex-wife actress Alice Evans had kept the girls away from him for almost a year amid their bitter divorce.
In new court filings obtained by DailyMail.com, a judge ordered Evans, 55, to take the youngsters, Elsie, 10, and Ella, 14, to weekly ‘reunification therapy’ sessions with their father.
And Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Josh Stinn also decreed that the warring former couple could not trash or insult each other in front of their children during therapy sessions.
According to court papers, the two girls now use the last name Griffith, the Anglicized version of their Welsh father’s last name.
Ioan Gruffudd will see his two daughters on a weekly basis after a judge ordered the two girls, Elsie, 10, and Ella, 14, to attend ‘reunification therapy’ sessions with their father
Since their split in 2021, Gruffudd and Evans have been locked in a bitter custody battle over the two young girls
The feuding exes were declared legally divorced in July, two years after the actor filed for divorce after 14 years of marriage
Since their split in 2021, Gruffudd and Evans have been locked in a bitter battle over the girls, with the mother-of-two accusing her ex-husband of not seeing or calling the youngsters for three months, while he claimed she was ‘abusing’ the girls, causing them ‘serious emotional harm.’
In August, the judge granted the actor’s request for appointment of a child psychiatrist ‘evaluator’ to referee the increasingly hostile tug-of-war.
On the recommendation of that evaluator, Judge Stinn issued a written order – obtained by DailyMail.com – ruling that Evans must take Ella and Elsie once a week to one-on-one individual sessions with a therapist, to be chosen by the girls’ court-appointed attorney.
In addition, the judge ordered Evans to take the girls, separately, to weekly meetings with their father and ‘reunification therapist’ Karin Manger – who will also counsel Evans in separate therapy sessions.
Judge Stinn cautioned both Evans and Gruffudd not to take pot shots at each other in front of the girls during therapy stints.
‘Neither party shall make derogatory remarks about or disparage the other party, either directly or indirectly, to or within the hearing of the minor children…..’, the judge wrote in his order.
He also ordered Evans and Gruffudd to communicate about the children ‘at least once every 24 hours’ using the court’s ‘ourfamilywizard.com’ email system.
During their vitriolic divorce, Gruffudd – who claimed that Evans had only allowed him to see his daughters for seven per cent of the last year – said ‘Alice regularly berated, verbally abused and threatened me during our marriage and after separation, often in the presence of Ella and/or Elsie.
‘Among other things, Alice told me she had been miserable for years and wanted a divorce, attacked my appearance and my career, threatened to call the police on me and told Ella she would be getting a new father soon.
‘I believe it was unhealthy and distressing to the girls to witness this behavior and I believe Alice’s conduct was abusive not only to me, but to the girls as well.’
Gruffudd – now dating Bianca Wallace, 31 – recounted an incident on Ella’s 11th birthday when ‘Elsie sent me a video of Ella arguing with Alice.
Ella said she was upset because Alice had broken her promise not to drink alcohol and she begged Alice to stop bringing me up in every conversation.
‘Alice screamed at Ella and called her a ‘f***ing bitch’ and Ella screamed at Alice, ‘Just be a mother!’
He added, ‘(Alice)has made thousands of disparaging, abusive and threatening posts about me since we separated.’
Gruffudd had previously claimed that Evans had only allowed him to see his daughters – who, according to court papers, now use the last name Griffith – for seven per cent of the last year
Gruffudd has been dating 31 year-old girlfriend Bianca Wallace since announcing his split from Evans in 2021
Fed up with the barrage of harassing text messages, emails and social media posts from Evans, he successfully obtained a three-year restraining order against her last August to protect himself and Wallace.
Gruffudd, who met Evans when they co-starred in the 2000 Disney movie, 102 Dalmatians, filed for divorce in March 2021, shortly after the blonde actress claimed on social media that her husband of 14 years was walking out on her and their two daughters.
Their divorce was finalized in July this year.
But the issues of spousal and child support and child custody -still need to be resolved.
The girls currently live with their mother but Gruffudd is seeking joint custody.
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