Usher maintains child custody following pool accident

Usher will maintain child custody of his two kids after a judge rejected a petition for a child custody agreement change by his ex-wife earlier this month. Tameka Foster Raymond petitioned the court after a near drowning of her son while under the supervision of her ex-husband, Usher. The judge quickly rejected the petition, likely because he didn't see enough of a reason to consider changing the current child custody arrangement.

Usher's child was expected to be discharged from a hospital soon after the incident. These types of cases show that although a divorce might be finalized, child custody matters might go on for longer.

Speaking with an experienced family law attorney might be a wise decision during a divorce. Even after a divorce a parent might hope to change a child custody arrangement or might need to defend a current agreement if another parent hopes to change a child custody agreement.

An attorney can help a parent understand their rights and handle any legal proceedings. Child custody matters can be very sensitive and it is important that each parent understands their rights. Sometimes an accident, such as the pool incident in this case, can result in a parent wanting to change a child custody agreement.

Many times, the court must determine that the child's best interests have changed, in order to change an agreement. This can be very difficult to prove, so it is important that parents work to come to a suitable agreement the first time. This can be done in a divorce or if two parents are never married.

Source: USA Today, "Usher wins courtroom custody battle," Ann Oldenburg, Aug. 9, 2013

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