Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…!
Reportedly, Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond are headed back to family court for what some critics see as another public fight. They currently have joint custody of 4-year-old Usher Raymond V, and Naviyd Ely, 3, but that soon may change.
According to legal documents Tameka wants sole custody of their two sons, because, she claims Usher doesn’t involve her in his “co-parenting” decisions.
Sources say in court papers recently filed in Georgia, Tameka claims Usher:
* …Repeatedly failed to obtain her permission to travel outside the state with the kids
* …Never got her approval before hiring new nannies
* …Never gave her first opportunity to watch the kids when he’s away on tour (during his time)
* …Didn’t allow her to take the kids for an additional 2-weeks during their 2011 summer break
* …Didn’t let her have the kids during 2010 Christmas break
* …And, he closed her Saks 5th Avenue credit card account, after he promised he wouldn’t
Sources say things are a little more complicated because Usher involves his new manager/girlfriend Grace Miguel (who he still doesn’t admit to being involved with). Grace has kids of her own from past relationships, so she and her kids are often with Usher and his kids.
Tameka’s attorney says Usher has repeatedly made decisions based off what Grace tells him, instead of consulting the mother of his children.
And oh yeah… she is asking for an increase in child support so she can hire her own nanny, since Usher didn’t like the nanny they shared.
This isn’t the first time the two clashed over the children. Back in 2009, Usher accused his then soon-to-be-ex-wife of keying his car after a heated argument regarding the kids. Apparently, Usher filed a report, but police couldn’t prove Tameka damaged his car so it was dropped.
Earlier this year, Usher told Essence magazine that being a father was his biggest accomplishment.
“Being a father means everything in life as an African-American man because there is a great sense of departure specifically for us”, he told Essence. “We truly are nomads in America, brought in on slave ships to this country and a lot of the things that took place helped to tear down the Black man [so he would] not really understand or take ownership of being a father and the stronghold in the Black family.”
We can only hope these two can work out their differences for the sake of their sons. They certainly don’t need to see a real life contentious Raymond vs. Raymond play out before their little eyes.