Did Rachel Hollis Get Daughter Noah's Custody After Divorce?
The Author of 'Girl, Wash Your Face,' Rachel Hollis, had a marital relationship with Dave Hollis. After 16 years of being married, their relationship as husband and wife came to an end with an amicable divorce. While their decision to part ways gave a shock, it also raised the questions regarding the custody of their four kids, including their 3-years-old adopted daughter, Noah. Know the full story.
Rachel Hollis Struggled to Adopt Daughter
Rachel and her ex-husband, Dave, are biological parents of three boys – Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. After Ford was born, the couple wanted a baby girl in their family. So, they started an adoption process in 2012.
As per Rachel's 2014 blog, she wanted to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia initially. They did all the paperwork, blood tests, medical tests, and other required tests for the process. But, the adoption system in Ethiopia was too time-bearing. The duo had to wait more than three years to finalize an adoption, with risks that may stop the processing in the mid.
That's why the couple decided to adopt domestically.
To their surprise, adopting a baby domestically wasn't easy either: To qualify for the domestic adoption, they needed to be qualified as foster parents with at least six months' commitment to foster care service. So, to fulfill the criteria, they started fostering.
Rachel's 2016 blog revealed that they took care of two baby girls first. Two months later, they had to give them away to another foster home. Nevertheless, Rachel and Dave were placed with newborn twins abandoned in the hospital just after a month. Initially, they thought the newborns could be kept as their family. However, four weeks after having the babies in their home, they were sent back to their biological parents.
Interestingly, in March of 2017, Rachel and Dave finally got to live their dream. They were permitted to adopt a new baby girl. They welcomed their latest addition to the family and named her Noah. Her adoption process finally ended on 12 January 2018.
One year ago today she officially became a Hollis. One year ago today we went to the court house and Noah was legally adopted. She’s been with us since the second she was born but on January 12th 2018 it was finalized. Five years of waiting for our daughter came to culmination in a little room at family court on a day we’ll never forget. For everyone patiently waiting for your baby’s #GotchaDay, keep going. Hold onto your faith. I promise it’s worth the pain and the tears and the waiting. I promise you’ll understand why you stuck with it. #AdoptionRocks #LoveMakesAFamily . ð·: @samilaneco
Rachel Hollis Says Divorce Is Healthier And Respectful
She had married Dave Hollis in 2004, at the age of 21. After 16 years of togetherness, they opted to end the marriage.
It was Rachel, who announced the split through her Instagram post on 9 June 2020. She posted a picture of her with Dave while talking about their divorce in the caption. She reminisced how they had been friends for almost two decades of their life and how they have become "band-aid" for each other.
We started out as best friends 18 years ago, and the truth is, that core friendship and the parts of us that work so well, have become a band-aid for the parts of us that don’t.
Adding to it, she mentioned how they had worked tirelessly to make their relationship work, but out of respect for each other, they decided to part ways.
We have worked endlessly over the last three years to make this work and have come to the conclusion that it is healthier and more respectful for us to choose this as the end of our journey as a married couple.
Guys, I have some hard news to share and the honest truth is, I have no idea how someone announces something like this, so I’m just going to say it. Dave and I have made the incredibly difficult decision to end our marriage. We started out as best friends 18 years ago and the truth is, that core friendship and the parts of us that work so well, have become a band-aid for the parts of us that don’t. We have worked endlessly over the last three years to make this work and have come to the conclusion that it is healthier and more respectful for us to choose this as the end of our journey as a married couple. We remain dear friends as we raise our family as co-parents and run our company as partners. We are choosing joy—even though, I’ll be honest, the last month has been one of the most awful of our lives. I want to be strong and bold and optimistic for you now, but every ounce of my energy is reserved in being those things for my children. That said, having been such an open book to this beloved community, we hope that you can allow us a human moment. We hope you can understand our need to process these changes away from social media. We graciously ask that you respect our privacy so we can focus on what matters most, our four kids and the next chapter of what our family looks like now.
As for Dave, he didn't mention anything about the divorce on his Instagram at the moment. But after almost a month, he posted a slideshow of pictures with his kids and stated that it was his first weekend without his kids. He even mentioned how heavy, sad, and weird reality felt.
Rachel Hollis and Ex-Husband Decided to Co-Parent Kids Together
While divorce often falls hard on children, Rachel and Dave decided to commit equally in raising their kids. Yes, though the actual legal custody of the kids is undisclosed, Rachel has hinted that she and her ex-husband will be co-parenting.
In her post, along with the divorce announcement, Rachel mentioned that he and her husband will commit together to co-parenting while still remaining business partners and running The Hollis company together. She wrote,
We remain, dear friends, as we raise our family as co-parents and run our company as partners. We are choosing joy—even though, I’ll be honest, the last month has been one of the most awful of our lives. I want to be strong and bold and optimistic for you now, but every ounce of my energy is reserved in being those things for my children.
She ended the post requesting her followers to respect their privacy and stated that they would focus on their kids and their next chapter as a family thereon.