Grammy-winning R&B star Usher has won primary custody of his two sons after a long legal fight with his ex-wife Tameka Foster.
On Friday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane ruled that the singer, 33, will have primary custody of 4-year-old Usher Raymond V and 3-year-old Naviyd Ely Raymond.
Primary custody means that the two boys will spend the majority of the time with their father, although Foster will have some custodial rights, but the extent of those is not clear. Usher’s custody will start September 1.
During lengthy custody battle, which has raged since Usher and Foster finalized their divorce in 2009, the singer accused his ex of attacking his girlfriend, while Foster’s lawyer brought the singer to tears by questioning him about his abilities as a father. Tameka also reportedly criticized Usher for his partying and bought up his alleged drug use during the case.
The “Yeah!” hitmaker also claimed Foster had tried to interfere with his visitation hours as outlined in a prior agreement, prompting him to seek sole custody of his sons.
The decision to grant Usher primary custody comes just one month after Tameka Raymond’s 11-year-old son Kile Glover died after he was critically injured in a boating accident.
The boy was run over July 6 by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. It is unknown whether Kile’s death was also put into consideration when the custody hearing was underway.
via Washington Post