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Usher will retain custody of his children

Illinois residents who are in the midst of their own custody battles may be interested to know that the ex-wife of Usher Raymond was denied custody at an emergency hearing that she initiated after the couple's son was in a swimming pool accident. The judge determined that the incident at the pool was handled properly by Usher's aunt. The 5-year-old child is recovering at a hospital.

Usher's ex-wife insisted that the aunt was not qualified to take care of the children in his absence and that Usher doesn't keep her informed about issues regarding their children. Usher testified that he sends weekly email messages to her and only delayed informing her about the accident because he was comforting his son in the ambulance. The aunt testified that she knows CPR and she knows how to swim.

The purpose of the hearing was to determine if the children's living situation needed to change immediately due to a life-or-death matter. The ex-wife wasn't able to prove that the children were in danger and needed to be removed from their home. She filed a petition for a modification to the current custody order but it had not been heard prior to the emergency hearing.

Many divorced couples have disagreements about the care of their children. When they can't resolve their issues, they sometimes turn to the courts for help. While judges will intervene if necessary, it's usually in the best interest of the children if parents can work together. A lawyer with experience helping parents in child custody cases may be able to mediate the conversations between parents or convince the court that changes need to be made to the current custody agreement.

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

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