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“Dancing With the Stars” pro Gleb Savchenko’s ex-wife Elena Samodanova has filed to receive full-time physical custody of their two daughters, as well as additional child support.
Samodanova, 37, has asked the court to change their previously agreed upon joint custody arrangement of their daughters Olivia, 11, and Zlata, 4, on Monday, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.
Samodanova cited Savchenko’s increasingly demanding “DWTS” schedule as the primary reason she’s requested full-time custody.
“[Savchenko] travels extensively as a professional dancer and is not available to exercise the current custody/visitation schedule,” she wrote.
The mom of two requested “primary custody of the minor children with alternating weekends” and for Savchenko, 38, to have “two weekday visits.”
She claimed that when they made the original 50/50 custody arrangement, she was unaware of his 2022 commitments — including another season of “DWTS,” traveling across the country for the “DWTS – Live Tour,” and even judging the upcoming season of “DWTS” in Sweden.
“[Savchenko’s work schedule] made it impossible for him to take care of our 4- and 10-year-old daughters, including assisting them with homework, taking them to school on time, putting them to bed at a reasonable hour, and to taking them to their respective activities,” she wrote.
Samodanova also alleged that prior to starting the most recent season of “DWTS,” there was a week when their daughters “spent most of the time with [his] nanny.”
She added, “[Savchenko] refuses to amend the schedule to allow our daughters to remain with me and insists that they live with his nanny while he is working long hours traveling for much of 2022. It is not in [the] best interests of our children to live with a babysitter while [he] travels for work and it is not reasonable for [him] to insist on this arrangement while I am available to care for them full-time.”
The couple, who finalized their divorce after being separated for nearly a year, announced their split last November after being married for 14 years.
Neither Savchenko’s rep nor Samodanova’s attorney immediately responded to Page Six’s request for comment.
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