Usher was awarded primary custody of his two children today. The somewhat surprising decision issued by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane followed months of vicious claims and angry finger-pointing from the pop star and his ex-wife Tameka Raymond. Both parents were hoping to get the chance to be with the boys the majority of the time, but in the end, only one could be chosen.
It didn't have to be this way. Following Tameka and Usher’s divorce back in 2009, the two actually worked out an arrangement largely on their own. They agreed to share both legal and physical custody, but after the relationship between the two former lovers began deteriorating further, Tameka went to court and claimed Usher was an unfit parent. That move set off the latest round of legal jousting, and unfortunately, will result in the mother actually getting less time with her children.
According to The Associated Press, none of the lawyers or participants involved with the case have spoken publically since the judge’s ruling. It seems likely Tameka will try to exhaust more legal options in an attempt to see her children more regularly, but even if there’s something that can be done, it likely will take months to go through the proper channels.
Pop Blend’s thoughts go out to everyone involved with this case. Here’s to hoping the boys are able to nurture healthy relationships with both parents.
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