“My Fair Wedding” reality-show host David Tutera announced last week that he and estranged partner Ryan Jurica would split their infant twins when in their custody agreement.
The explanation is that each man is the biological father of only one of the twins. (They are “heteropaternal superfecundation,” or twins who share a mom but have different dads.)
Jurica lives in Connecticut and Tutera lives in California.
Jurica has said this is not the arrangement he hoped for, and he wants the twins to be in each other’s lives.
Many experts, and people on social media, agree that this is a bad idea for twins.
“We regard these children as twins, and I would be opposed to separation,” Nancy Segal, author of “Born Together — Reared Apart” and director of the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton, told Yahoo Shine. “I would also be opposed to separating half siblings.” Though the damage of splitting them up at such a young age is much different than if they were older, she added, issues are bound to arise later in life. “Usually, there is regret about all the childhood years spent apart,” she said.
“Splitting twins is a death in itself,” identical celebrity sibling Carlos Ramirez, twin of film actor Efren Ramirez, told TMZ this week in response to the fathers’ plan. “Twins grow together emotionally, and to not let them connect like that will be damaging.”
So what do you think? Is it crazy to split up twins? Or it doesn’t even matter since they are babies? Do you think they have a connection yet? Is it a reasonable argument that the dads are actually only biologically related to one twin?