Movie hunk Jude Law and sexy wife Sadie Frost have agreed to share custody of their children - because both believe it is in the kids' best interests.

The ROAD TO PERDITION star and SHOPPING actress split acrimoniously in January (03) after five years of marriage.

But the agreement comes as a surprise as Sadie was thought to be passionately opposed to Jude having equal access to the couple's kids - RAFFERTY, seven, IRIS, two, and seven-month-old RUDY.

A source close to the couple tells British tabloid the NEWS OF THE WORLD, "Jude is going for 50 per cent custody of the children. At first Sadie was horrified and has been digging her heels in.

"But now that she has realised how difficult life has become without Jude, bringing up four children on her own - and how much it is scaring off other men - she has decided to agree to his terms.

"Jude wants to live round the corner permanently in their old house in north London and split the children's living arrangements down the middle between the two of them.

"Her other reason for caving in is that Jude is an excellent father who puts a great deal of time and effort into his children so there's no reason to deny him the same time with them as she has."

Jude has been linked with gorgeous THE HOURS star NICOLE KIDMAN - although both deny there is any romance between them.

29/06/2003 14:28