Ben McKenzie engaged to Morena Baccarin

29th Nov 16 | Weddings

New parents Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin have become engaged.

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The Gotham co-stars became romantically linked in July, 2015, just weeks after Morena's ex, director/producer Austin Chick, filed to end the former couple's three-year marriage.

In court papers lodged two months later, Morena revealed she was pregnant with Ben's baby and shared her intention to wed the former The O.C. actor.

The 37-year-old stated, "Today, I am in a new committed relationship. I am planning to re-marry. Also, I am three and a half months pregnant."

Ben and Morena welcomed daughter Frances Laiz Setta Schenkkan in March (16), and on Monday (28Nov16), the new mum showed off what appeared to be an engagement ring - a pear cut diamond on her left ring finger - as the couple attended the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City.

The private pair did not comment on the rumoured engagement at the event, but a source tells Us Weekly the stars are "very happily engaged".

The marriage will be Ben's first. Morena finalised her divorce from Chick earlier this year (16), but is still fighting him over custody of their son Julius, three.

They had originally agreed to joint legal custody of Julius while Morena would have primary physical custody, but the arrangement hit a setback when Austin moved from New York, where the actress lives, to Los Angeles.

Morena reportedly asked Austin for his permission to take Julius to Brazil to visit her dying grandmother in October (16), but he refused due to his concerns about the Zika virus, a mosquito-bourne virus which can cause birth defect microcephaly, among other symptoms.

According to TMZ.com, Morena filed paperwork earlier this month (Nov16), asking a judge to issue an order to force Austin to let them go, as the child's paediatrician agreed the virus is "not a concern" for him.

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