Though no one expected Tameka Foster Raymond to go gently into that goodnight, Usher‘s ex-wife has wasted no time in striking back at the custody ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane, which handed primary custody of her two youngest children, Usher V, 4, and Naviyd Ely, 3, to her famous ex-spouse.
According to TMZ, the wheels are already in motion for Foster Raymond to file an appeal:
“Sources close to Tameka tell TMZ, she feels the ruling was unfair. We’re told Tameka recently found out that Usher’s lawyer’s law firm threw an election fundraiser back in 2008 for the judge who presided over the trial … and she feels that connection may have influenced the ruling.
According to the campaign contribution report for Judge Lane, the law firm that represented Usher raised $1,278 for Lane in March 2008.
Sources tell us … Tameka is baffled by the decision because she argued in court that Usher is constantly on the road, where as she has the more stable schedule … thus it makes no sense to give him primary custody.
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As previously reported by NewsOne, Foster Raymond’s son, Kile Glover, 11, died last month after struck in the head by a jet-ski on Atlanta’s Lake Lanier. She is also mother to Darrin, 21, and Ryan, 13. Usher reportedly asked for the trial to be postponed in the wake of the unexpected tragedy, but his ex-wife refused, writing in a statement:
I remain in the unfortunate position of having to respond to and attend court proceedings that were not initiated or begun by me. I did not file this custody case (January 2011) and was content with the ‘joint custody’ arrangement that we share. Most importantly, nor do I wish to appear in court while I am mourning the loss of my son. But I do not want to delay thus prolong these proceedings either; I’d rather continue this arduous process hoping it will help move me through this most difficult period in my life. People seem to be privy to only my filed responses as ‘Defendant’ to the initiation of this case (Jan 4, 2011), when I have only been defending myself and protecting the best interests of my children through my counsel. I cannot control how the media reports are written/slanted/spun or even how court documents may be manipulated in their attribution of certain statements as if they are direct “quotes” from me- yet I can control what I actually say myself.
This may sound really cliché but you must NOT believe everything you read or hear and never judge… especially without solid facts and always, but always consider the source. Discernment is key. My boys are my entire world and I will fight tooth and nail to keep all of my sons together as a family, I pray for a swift, peaceful resolution so that we all can move forward.
According to court clerk’s office spokeswoman Cherrise Boone, Usher’s custody will start Sept. 1. The couple will retain joint legal custody.
Well, at least for now, the battle of Raymond vs. Raymond continues…