On behalf of Lake Toback Attorneys
Some Illinois residents who have been following celebrity news may be interested to learn that a Georgia court has dismissed a motion by Usher’s former wife to remove his children from the singer’s home. The woman had submitted an emergency appeal to gain custody of Usher’s two children after five-year-old Usher Raymond V nearly drowned in a swimming pool accident.
At the time of the accident, Usher’s son was being cared for by his aunt, who is disabled due to problems with her back. The aunt testified that while she is sometimes unable to carry objects greater than 25 pounds, she was nevertheless qualified to care for the children as they swam because she knows CPR and attends water therapy sessions. Usher’s ex-wife alleged that neither Usher nor the aunt is capable of keeping up with the children and that the accident was caused by negligence. The judge rejected her motion on the basis that children are commonly cared for by relatives who lack official certification and that the accident in question could have happened even in the presence of a licensed caregiver.
Child custody is one of the most divisive issues that arise during and after a divorce. When both parties have such a vested interest in the outcome, it can be difficult to focus solely on the best interests of the child.
An attorney may be able to help a divorcing couple mediate their child custody dispute. As an objective third-party, an attorney can allow both former spouses to voice their grievances, concerns and desires in a cordial atmosphere without fear of being marginalized by the other party. In this way, it may be possible for both parties to achieve an amicable separation while preserving their relationship with their children.
Source: CNN, “Judge rules in Usher’s favor, dismisses ex-wife’s motion in son’s near-drowning“, Michael Martinez. Alan Duke and Rich Phillips, August 09, 2013