Bill O’Reilly and wife divorced after 15 years of marriage - Who won the children’s custody?

By Adalyn Roth


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Bill O'Reilly and his wife Maureen E. McPhilmy got divorced in 2011. Initially, the couple shared joint custody of their children but now, his wife is taking care of their teenage kids solely. Though he lost a lingering custody battle, the court has favored him with visitation rights.

Self-proclaimed traditionalist, the highly acclaimed sports commentator exchanged marriage vows with a public relations executive, Maureen McPhilmy, on 2 November 1996. The ceremony was held at St. Brigid Parish of Westbury. The couple walked down the aisle after dating for four years.

In 1998, McPhilmy gave birth to a lovely daughter, Madeline. Extending their family, the pair welcomed their second child, a son, Spencer in 2003.

Bill O'Reilly: Accused of domestic violence, eventually divorced wife Maureen

The extremely admired couple - Bill and Maureen shared fifteen years of their life together, before divorcing in 2011. And, as reports suggest, Bill's assaults were the key reason for his divorce which have been clearly denied by him. Though the divorce gained wide coverage, O'Reilly never made his opinion explicit in the media. However, even after divorce, the problem between the couple does not seem to be resolved.

Distressed by a troublesome marriage, Maureen decided to legally separate with husband on 2nd of April 2010. The divorce was finalized on 1st of September 2011.

After overcoming from the former marriage woes, McPhilmy decided to tie the knot once again. Currently married to detective Jeffrey Gross, the beautiful lady is spending a blissful family life with her new found love and children whereas O'Reilly is still single.

Bill O'Reilly loses lingering custody battle

Things weren't cool for O'Reilly and Maureen even after legal separation as their divorce was followed by another lingering battle at court regarding their children's custody. The case ran for almost 4 years.

Initially, the court made the decision on joint custody but after discovering that Bill was not taking care of his children, his wife filed the case for sole custody. As his children take him as an absent parent and wanted to live with their mother, it was not difficult for Maureen to win the case.

Although the court handed over children's custody to their mother, O'Reilly has been provided with visitation rights.

Bill O'Reilly's 15 years long marriage with wife Maureen ended in 2011, following which both of them have been residing separately in Manhasset, New York. Bill O'Reilly, after losing his children's custody to his wife, has been occasionally visiting the children who live with their mother.