Usher wins primary custody of his sons

2012-08-25 07:35

Atlanta – Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been awarded primary physical custody of his two sons, ending a long legal fight with his ex-wife.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane yesterday ruled that the singer (33) will have primary custody of 4-year-old Usher Raymond V and 3-year-old Naviyd Ely Raymond, according to Cherrise Boone, spokeswoman for the court clerk’s office.

His custody will start on September 1.

Boone said Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Raymond will have joint legal custody. The type of visitation hasn’t been determined yet for Raymond.

Usher’s lawyer, Ivory Brown, did not immediately return a call yesterday and Lisa West, a lawyer for Raymond, did not return an email seeking comment.

Usher, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, married Raymond in 2007. They divorced two years later. He said the couple had been separated since July 2008 and claimed there was “no reasonable hope of reconciliation” and the marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

In May, Usher testified that Raymond had spat at and tried to fight with his girlfriend during a visit and that his ex-wife hit him during the dispute. He said he didn’t press charges because, “I didn’t want the boys to know that their father put their mother in jail”.

Raymond’s attorney claimed that Usher provoked her client and that his account is exaggerated.

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