Per the deal, Gordon will have the authority to preside over any disputes until December 2024. Jackson and Turner-Smith both signed the deal submitted to the court.
The decision to hire a private judge comes days after Jackson responded to Turner-Smith’s divorce petition.
In her petition, Turner-Smith listed the date of separation as September 13. She cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.
She asked the court to award her joint custody of their 3-year-old daughter. In addition, Turner-Smith requested both parties be cut off from spousal support.
The filing revealed the duo did not sign a prenup before walking down the aisle.
In his response, Jackson said he agreed with his ex on sharing joint custody of their daughter. He also asked that neither party be awarded spousal support.
The one thing Jackson did not agree with Turner-Smith on was the date of separation. The Dawson’s Creek star said the date was September 30, not September 13.
In regard to any separate property, Jackson said he “has not had sufficient opportunity to identify and list such property and reserves the right to amend this Response.”
In September, weeks before the divorce, Turner-Smith posted on social media for her birthday that excluded Jackson.
She wrote, “As I embark on another new year, I can’t help but meditate on love and its many manifestations…. love is not some lofty unattainable thing. love is a gesture, a look, an intention. love is community. love is showing up. thank you to all of you who showed up for me this week in New York— in spirit and in the flesh.”
Turner-Smith ended, “I don’t take any of this for granted, and most of all, I don’t take any of you for granted.”