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Hollywood divorces are typically ugly, but child custody battles make things downright nasty. Some celebs choose to stay together for the kids benefit, or reach amicable agreements on shared childcare and support. But often the custody battles become so bitter neither side is willing to give an inch. This results in drawn out sagas of courtroom fights and public slandering. The exes are so bent on sticking it to each other, but its the kids that get hurt in the end. Here are 9 celebrity custody battles that we wish, for the sake of the children, had never happened.

1. Peter Cook’s Affair Caused The Split Between Him & Brinkley

Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook's long custody battles
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook

Cook and Brinkley were once happily married and raising their children, Sailor (their daughter) and Jack (her son from a previous relationship, whom Cook adopted). However the couple split in 2006 when Brinkley learned of Cook’s affair with his 18 year old assistant. Both parties played it out in a public war of words, and the tabloids had a heyday with the story. Brinkley spilled details pf Cook’s alleged $3000 a month porn habit and ill treatment of her eldest daughter, Alexa Ray Joel. Cook lashed back with denials and defenses that cast Brinkley in a bad light. It took years to reach a settlement and custody arrangement, and yet they still never miss an opportunity to lambast each other.

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