A Fulton County judge on Friday granted Usher Raymond primary custody of his two sons, ending what had been a bitter court fight between the R&B superstar and his ex-wife Tameka Foster. "Both parties will have joint legal custody. Usher will have primary physical custody," said Cherrise Boone, spokeswoman for the Fulton Superior Court Clerk's office. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane came a little more than a month after the death of Foster's 11-year-old son Kile Glover. The boy, whose father is Atlanta TV executive Ryan Glover, was hurt July 6 when a man on a personal watercraft ran over him and a 15-year-old girl while they were on an inner tube on Lake Lanier. Kile died July 21. Raymond and Foster had a co-parenting agreement for 4-year-old Usher Raymond V and 3-year-old Naviyd before the Grammy Award-winning singer filed for sole custody, claiming his ex-wife was an unfit mother. "The father shall have final decision-making authority with respect to all matters concerning the children, including but not limited to education, religion, extracurricular activities, health and mental well-being, but he shall first discuss any major decisions relating to such matters with the mother," Lane wrote in her ruling. Last week in court, Foster said she "begged" Raymond to withdraw his petition numerous times. "I was like, 'It's ridiculous, are you mad at me? I don't know why. You know your kids are fine. They're happy. They're productive.' ... Maybe I don't do everything perfectly, but I do the best I can," Foster said. Lane also ordered Raymond and Foster meet monthly with a "co-parenting coordinator" to help iron out any differences the parents have over the future of their sons.During the trial however, Usher's attorney told the court Whats-Her-Face is neglectful and incapable of being a proper parent. And, oh, that she's batshit crazy! In his closing argument Usher's attorney said Whats-her-Face is "does not have the emotional stability or capacity to bond with [the boys], and therefore she is handicapped." Ouch.
source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Judge Grants Usher Primary Custody of Two Sons With Whats-Her-Face
It's rare that a court takes a child away from his mother and grants custody to the father (much less a male pop star!), but that's exactly what happened in an Atlanta courtroom today. A judge granted singer Usher primary physical custody of his two boys (4-year-old Usher Raymond V and 3-year-old Naviyd) with Whats-Her-Face.