Although a lot of dramatic situations have happened on Bravo's Southern Charm, there's one that particularly stands out: Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravanel's relationship. The ex-couple have been notorious for their on-and-off relationship for the past couple of years or so.
While the two have clearly moved on with their lives — Thomas got engaged to Heather Mascoe and then called it quits shortly after — they seem to be in an endless battle over child custody.
Kathryn and Thomas have each been constantly trying to gain full parental control of their children and both of them have really put up a fight. As of right now, it looks as though Kathryn has lost full custody of her son and daughter. Let's find out the details about what's going on and why Thomas has been named the sole caregiver for the ex-couple's kids.
Kathryn Dennis lost temporary custody of her kids in 2021.
Ever since the birth of their second child and the end of their relationship in 2016, Kathryn and Thomas have been down a very bumpy road when it comes to their kids, Kensington and St. Julien. While the custody situation was 50/50, and the children would split time between their mother and father, Kathryn temporarily lost custody of them in 2021.
At that time, Thomas's attorney confirmed to Page Six that Kathryn would have daytime, supervised visitation with the kids. The former politician filed the order back in October of 2020 and it got approved in February 2021. Thomas then followed through with his plans to move to Aiken, South Carolina and would bring Kensington and St. Julien along with him.
In February 2023, Kathryn Dennis lost full custody of her two kids.
On Feb. 6, 2023, a South Carolina judge granted Thomas full custody of his kids, a source told The U.S. Sun. The ruling came after Kathryn reportedly "failed multiple drug tests." Thomas spoke with All About the Tea, telling the source "I make all the parenting decisions. Kathryn has the right to supervised visitation by an approved supervisor between the hours of 9:00 am — 7:00 pm, every other weekend.”
He also confirmed that Kathryn is "not allowed to have overnights with the children. I will transport the children to a halfway point between Aiken and Charleston where Kathryn will pick them up.” Thomas ignited the battle for full custody citing "drug abuse and neglect." Kathryn has also been accused of using cocaine around her kids, a claim she has since refuted.
Kathryn and Dennis have had complicated custody battles before.
In 2016, Kathryn failed a drug test, which led her to lose custody of Kensie and Saint. But after some years of proven recovery, she was able to receive joint custody of them. And just when it seemed like everything was going right, it was actually the beginning of the madness.
Then, Thomas was arrested in 2018 for assault and battery for a case that involved a former nanny, which prompted Kathryn to file for sole custody. And from there, drug and alcohol and mental health accusations flew from both sides.
Thomas accused Kathryn of abusing drugs, while Kathryn accused Thomas of illegally buying, selling, and trading medications. They have both also accused each other of not paying child support. Yup. It's a lot to keep up with, folks.
They eventually reached an agreement where they would both share joint and physical custody. Thomas would be the "primary custodian," per court documents obtained by All About the Tea in 2019. “The parties currently share physical custody of the children on a 36 percent / 64 percent split, with Ms. Dennis having the children five out of 14 overnights and Mr. Ravenel having the children nine out of 14 overnights," the ruling reads. This new way of living commenced in the summer of 2020.
Although Kathryn continues to face an uphill child custody battle, we're hoping she comes down the other side in better shape.
While she won't be retuning to Southern Charm considering she was fired, you can still keep tabs on the other members in the cast as Season 9 is slated to premiere on Sept. 14, 2023, with new episodes dropping weekly on Thursdays.