When parents split or have finalized a divorce, there can still be issues to deal with and consider post-divorce. Parents in Massachusetts need to constantly consider and reconsider what is best for their children. This often means determining child custody and making modifications if disputes arise or substantial changes occur in the lives of the parents or children. No matter the reason for change; the best interest of the children should always be paramount in the changes to child custody arrangements.
The post-divorce issues and child custody disputes between the singer Usher and his ex have been in the media recently. The two ended their marriage four years ago, but they are still battling over the custody of their two sons. According to reports, Usher's ex asked a judge to reprimand the 34-year-old singer for failing to attend the co-parenting classes he was required to attend.
Currently, Usher has primary custody of their two sons, but his ex is claiming that she has been left out of the loop when it comes to the details and happenings of their children. She alleges that she has not been included in the important family decisions and is now seeking that the court hold Usher in contempt and order him to improve as a co-parent.
This is not the first time the singer's ex has sought a modification to their child custody agreement. This summer his ex sought custody of their son in an emergency hearing and claimed that Usher was being an absentee father when their son nearly drowned after getting his arm stuck in a pool drain. The judge discovered that this incident happened while the child was visiting Usher's aunt, therefore, the case was dismissed and Usher retained custody.
Whether it is issues about a parent's ability to be a good parent or a substantial change in circumstances, changing a child custody arrangement is not a rare event. Parents that are struggling to determine what is best for their child and custody agreement post-divorce should understand that it can be a difficult time, but there are ways through it. Parents should always understand their rights and options when it comes to custody battles and modification.
Source: NY Daily News, "Usher facing court battle with ex-wife Tameka over ditching co-parenting classes: report," Chiderah Monde, Oct. 7, 2013