HGTV’s Christina Hall Signs New Custody Agreement

Ant Anstead and Christina Hall signed a new agreement in their custody agreement in November 2022

After a long and contentious custody battle, HGTV’s Christina Hall and her second husband, TV personality Ant Anstead, have agreed and signed the final details of a custody agreement for their three-year-old son Hudson, including where and when he will spend vacations. According to court documents obtained by Heavy, the couple have agreed to continue their 50/50 custody agreement and, based on the details they worked out through mediation, they will no longer have to go to court as of March 2023. Here are the details…


Christina Hall & Ant Anstead agree on a new vacation plan

Christina Hall, Ant Anstead

Hall and Anstead, who were married from 2018 to 2021, signed an amended custody agreement on November 17, 2022, which a judge signed and filed the following day in the Superior Court of California in Orange County, finding that the former couple will do so “continue to have joint legal and joint physical custody” of Hudson, as stipulated in their original custody agreement in June 2021.

The new six-page document outlines some changes to her vacation schedule that will allow Hall to have Hudson on both Thanksgiving and Christmas even years, while Anstead will have him on both odd years. The agreement was signed just before Thanksgiving 2022, allowing Hudson to be part of Hall’s intimate family reunion at their Tennessee home in Anstead spent the vacation in Sedona with his girlfriend, actress Renee Zellwegger.

Per the agreement, Hall will also have Hudson from December 23 through Christmas Day. The same applies to Anstead in odd years. Both parents are allowed to take a full week’s vacation from Hudson each year during the vacation, provided they give written notice of their plans by December 1 of that year.

If their plans conflict or overlap, the parent who has custody that Christmas takes precedence. This rule is based on the assumption that Hudson will have a three-week break from school; If it is shortened to two weeks, they have agreed that “the parties will meet and consult to determine an alternative custody plan.”

Their new agreement also includes plans for several additional holidays. Hudson spends Easter Sunday with his father on even years and with his mother on odd years.

Unless there is a conflict with a parent’s desired summer vacation plans, Hudson will spend July 4th with Hall on even-numbered years and with Anstead on odd-numbered years, from 9 a.m. on July 4 through 10 a.m. the following day. Finally, Hudson will be dating Anstead on Halloween from 9 p.m. on October 31 to 10 a.m. the following day on even years and Hall on odd years.

The couple also agreed that Hudson would be enrolled “immediately” in a preschool in Laguna Beach, California, “without prejudice to a kindergarten selection.” If they can’t agree on where Hudson should attend kindergarten, both Hall and Anstead have agreed to “participate in further mediation.”


Christina Hall has been shadowing Anstead on social media since signing the custody agreement

Christina Hall

HGTVAs seen on HGTV’s Christina in the Country, host Christina Haack poses for a portrait at Hodges.

Three days after the new agreement was filed in court, Hall appeared to shadow Anstead on social media in a photo taken at Sweet Haven ice cream parlor in Tennessee. In the snap were her daughter Taylor, 12, and son Brayden, 7, who she shares with her first husband and HGTV colleague Tarek El Moussa, with their cousin – the niece of Hall’s third and current husband Josh Hall – smiling too see.

“Must stop at our darling [ice cream cone emoji] spot @sweethaven_tn,” she wrote. Referring to her youngest son, Hall added, “Hudson is here too, but can’t be ‘here’.”

In April 2022, Antsead had requested that a judge grant him full custody of Hudson, stating that Hall had spent only nine days a month with Hudson and that he was concerned that their young son would be in their paid social without his consent -Media ads and TV shows pop up. Anstead’s emergency request for full custody was denied, but the couple spent many hours in private, court-ordered mediation to resolve their differences.

However, on September 27, Anstead filed new court documents received by Heavy, again asking for court intervention. Despite 12 hours of mediation earlier this month, he said they’ve reached an impasse on “an unresolved issue” — enforcing strict limits on the use of Hudson’s name, likeness and likeness in promotions, ads and shows for which Hall is paid directly .

In his filing, Anstead wrote, “Christina has previously exploited Hudson in numerous paid social media promotions. I’m afraid she also has footage of him to be used in one of her ‘reality’ TV shows without my knowledge or consent and continues to film him despite my objections.”

Anstead acknowledged in the court filing that he sometimes features or tagged companies in his social media posts, but claimed he never featured Hudson in a paid promotion. Hall blasted Anstead over his grievances, but in October she announced on Instagram that she will no longer feature Hudson on social media or on her shows. She insisted that this was not ordered by the court but was her own decision.

However, in her Nov. 21 post, she again hinted that she “couldn’t” present Hudson, which confused fans, who have been very vocal on both Hall’s and Anstead’s social media posts about where they got to this one topic.

On November 28th they too posted a family photo of her and Josh with the three kids, with Hudson’s face covered in an emoji. As fans flooded her comments with questions, Hall issued a statement via her Instagram Stories, saying it was the last time she would discuss the topic.

“This has nothing to do with advertising, people need to realize that this has nothing to do with advertising,” she wrote. “This is about CONTROL. There are many things I no longer agreed with. Instagram was used as a tool against me to judge what kind of mom I was and I was fed up with it. Every photo I’ve posted of Hudson on my story or main page has been a screenshot and has been disassembled.”

Without naming Anstead, she ended her statement and attempted to call his fans “know-it-alls.” She wrote: “Well the ‘now is all’ can please go back to his page. Many Thanks.”

The new custody agreement states that any concerns Anstead raised in April have been addressed and therefore the two will not have to face court in March 2023 as previously planned.

Brian Ashcraft

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