After filing an emergency petition last week in which Klum, 47, claimed Seal, 57, would not allow their children – Leni, 16, Henry, 14, Johan, 13, and Lou, 10 years – of traveling to Europe due to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the couple quickly settled in and agreed to let the children travel to Europe while the model is there to work.
In the custody agreement obtained by PEOPLE on Thursday, it is stated that before the children leave and when they return to Los Angeles, Seal will be entitled to “extended time” with them. He can also visit the children at any time during their stay in Germany, which he and Klum will “cooperate and work together to make arrangements.”
However, in the event the United States closes its borders because of the coronavirus, the agreement states that Klum must “immediately make arrangements to attempt to return home with the children before the borders close.”
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Klum is contractually obligated to film season 16 of The next German top model in October in Germany, and at the time of her emergency filing, she said that although she usually takes the children with her when she has to travel for work, Seal had “not yet approved this trip”.
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“I am well aware of all the necessary precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus and I would never put our children in danger – I have taken all the precautions for Germany the same way I do in the United States,” a Klum writes in her statement, adding that she is “grateful” to have the ability to work given the current state of the economy.
Klum also explained that generally The next model is filmed in Los Angeles to welcome his family, but German cast and crew are unable to enter the United States due to the pandemic.
Klum and Seal’s daughter Leni also submitted a statement to the court saying “It’s difficult because I love both of my parents, but I feel like I need to talk. ”
“I understand that my siblings are too young to speak to the judge, so I’m happy to speak for all of us,” she wrote. “My mom needs to film in Germany for a few months and my siblings and I want to go with her. So far my father has not allowed us to go, although we have tried to explain our reasons to him. ”
Klum and Seal’s divorce was finalized in October 2014 after nine years of marriage. She married Tom Kaulitz last year after the guitarist’s Christmas Eve proposal that included his children.