Usher and ex-wife Tameka Foster went through a nasty divorce—even by celebrity standards—and were back in court again yesterday for a child custody hearing. The former couple have two young sons, Usher Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond, and who has custody of the children has been a source of contention since the couple announced their split.
Usher and Tameka appeared at Atlanta’s Fulton County Courthouse to argue over custody rights, but the judge ordered them to try to work through their differences together to reach a suitable arrangement. According to TMZ, the judge told them a temporary order will be given if they cannot set aside their differences and co-parent together. If asked, a child custody lawyer in Murfreesboro could tell you that such a statement from a judge is relatively common—it is in the best interests of children for biological parents, no matter how dysfunctional their relationship is, to try to reach a co-parenting agreement without court interference whenever possible.
Tameka is seeking full custody of their sons, whereas Usher wants additional visitation time. Tameka’s request for a modification in the child custody order stems from her claim that Usher secretly uses drugs, which Usher has said is untrue.
Usher and Tameka married in August of 2007 and were together for less than two years. When Usher filed for divorce in June 2009, the papers indicated they had been living separately for close to a year.