It seems like we hear about celebrity divorces and other family law issues almost every day. They plaster the covers of tabloid magazines in the grocery store checkout aisle and often make it into the major news networks. Because of the publicity that surrounds these individuals, their lives can seem so far removed from those of regular couples in Ohio. However, celebrity couples must come to agreements on all of the same issues. In fact, singer Usher is now in litigation with his ex-wife over child custody arrangements.
During the current court proceedings, the ex-wife of the singer accused him of both drug use and infidelity during their marriage. These accusations were presented to the court in an effort to prevent Usher from obtaining additional parenting time with his two young children.
Like other couples in Ohio and elsewhere, Usher and his ex-wife have been unable to agree on child custody arrangements. This disagreement has led them down the road to litigation. In some cases, former spouses are able to agree to changes through the use of mediation.
Parenting issues can continue well after a divorce is final. While a divorce may end a marriage, it does not change the fact that both parties have rights and responsibilities regarding any minor children involved. Court-ordered child support payments can last for many years, and child custody arrangements may be altered due to changing life situations. Ultimately, however, parents are battling to do what they believe is in the best interest of their children.
Source: Celebuzz, “Usher’s Child Custody Case: Alleged Infidelities Are ‘Completely Irrelevant’, Says Lawyer,” Rachel Maresca, May 23, 2012