Usher's Ex Tameka Raymond Will Challenge Custody Ruling
By Mack Rawden 2012-08-26 12:54:38
Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond has decided to appeal a judge’s decision to award the pop star primary custody of their children. She’s already interviewing lawyers to take up the charge, and when she finds one that works, she’ll reportedly move to file the proper paperwork immediately.
Following a vicious and mean-spirited custody battle that dragged on for months, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane made the ruling in favor of Usher on Friday. Not surprisingly, Tameka was not pleased with the decision. According to TMZ, she doesn’t understand how Usher could possibly provide a more stable home when he’s frequently touring. She wants a retrial, and apparently, she already has a pretty good idea of how she might get it.
Back in 2008, Usher’s law firm reportedly held a fundraiser for the judge who presided over the case. A little more than one thousand dollars was raised, and that connection could potentially be seen as enough of a bias to warrant new proceedings with a new judge. Given how often such fundraisers happen, it’s not a slam dunk the fundraiser will be considered enough grounds to invalidate the decision already, but it’s certainly a possibility.
When Usher and Tameka got divorced initially, they worked out an agreement to share custody. Why they couldn’t just live by that is unclear, but thanks to their decision to fight, they’ve cost themselves tons of money and heightened hostilities with no end to the legal battle in sight.