Zheng Shuang’s (郑爽) image and career instantly crumbled ever since her surrogacy scandal with her ex-boyfriend Zhang Heng (張恒) was exposed in January. Five months later, the United States court has settled the custody rights in favor of Zhang Heng, while Zheng Shuang will still need to fulfill her responsibilities and obligations as a mother and attend mental counselling.
According to the custody agreement, the court concluded after a thorough collection of evidence that Zhang Heng has been the only primary caregiver for their two surrogate children in Colorado while Zhuang Sheng has only met them several times. She can only be counted as a casual acquaintance to the children.
Thus, it has been ruled that Zhang Heng is granted with “parenting solo decision-making authority.” He can make any decisions regarding the two children, including being able to apply for passports or government documents without Zheng Shuang’s consent or signature. Unless there are any major decisions in which he will need to inform Zheng Shuang within 72 hours, any day-to-day decisions also do not have to be consulted.
Need For Mental Counselling
To ensure that both sides uphold their parental responsibilities, a parenting schedule is also formulated which outlines when Zheng Shuang can see her children. She will have visitation rights three days a week for one and a half hours each time. There will also be a parenting supervisor present to help the her in developing child-rearing skills.
To extend her time with the children, Zheng Shuang will need to participate in a six month one-to-one psychological therapy course, where she will receive professional counseling on stabilizing her emotions and fostering her parenting skills.
Such mental counseling was decided as the court found truth to Zhang Heng’s allegations of Zheng Shuang’s mental health problems. Evidence was gathered that Zheng Shuang displayed disturbing behaviors after the children’s births.
Both parties will also need to complete a parenting course and submit relevant certificates to the court within 60 days of the effective date of judgement.
Additionally, the court expressed disappointment at the attitudes of both parties in failing to put their children’s interests before theirs. Their unhealthy relationship which has been brought to light by the media, has reflected their immaturity and negligence.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.