Tameka Raymond Wants to Take Usher’s Kids From Him

November 29, 2011  |  

Co-parenting isn’t working out so well for Usher and his ex-wife. TMZ got its hands on paperwork Tameka Raymond filed in Georgia asking a judge to grant her sole physical custody of their two children, claiming that Usher isn’t holding up to the legal obligations of their parenting agreement—and he closed her Saks 5th Avenue credit card.

The court documents contain a number of complaints against Usher, claiming he has failed to:

  • Obtain her permission to travel outside the state with the kids. (He’s legally obligated to do so.)
  • Get approval from her before hiring nannies.
  • Give her the first opportunity to watch the kids when he’s away for more than 8 hours.
  • Allow her to take the kids for 2 weeks in the summer of 2011.
  • Let her have custody of the kids during Christmas break 2010.

Tameka also claims that Usher promised to pay her $5,000 per month to hire her own nanny but he hasn’t paid in months and now owes her $34,000 in payments. Usher isn’t refusing to pay because he’s strapped for cash either. Tameka says there has been a “substantial change in [Usher’s] income” since their divorce and a result she should be entitled to more child support. And back to that Saks 5th card, Tameka says Usher specifically said he wouldn’t close the account and now that he has, she no longer reaps the “special benefits” the card offers.

Sounds to me like Tameka may still be a little bitter about the divorce. Yes, Usher is slacking a bit when it comes to following protocol, but not so much that he should be stripped of joint custody. I bet if he drops a few stacks and reinstates her Saks 5th card, Tameka suddenly won’t care so much about those missed vacations.

What do you think about Tameka’s claims? Should she be granted full custody of the boys because Usher isn’t following the rules of their joint-custody agreement?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • I knew this was going to happen to Usher. So did his mom. I used to be
    bothered by this type of institutionalized idiocy but now I feel like
    men in this situation deserve what they get for being idealistic with
    the affairs of the heart. And what kind of nanny costs 5 Gs a month? how much of that goes to an actual nanny, and how much goes to her awesome hair weaves? That’s why Usher isn’t paying. His money isn’t going to his children.The federal system needs to stop pretending to care about the welfare of children and destroying the already shaky institution of marriage and the joy of parenthood by validating child-support payments. It’s not difficult. Simply submit quarterly receipts of expenses related to “child support” monies.

  • Jaielle

    Tameka needs to sit down and shut up. My father would not show up to memorable childhood moments (birthdays, games, award ceremonies in school) and I am not suing my father for being an absentee dad. Usher actually spends time with his kids and you are suing about credit card privileges and a man ACTUALLY WANTING TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS KIDS??!?! GTFOH

  • butch31

    I wouldn’t say bitter, but if he’s not doing what he said he was going to do, then she has every right to exercise her rights. Its the law. Just because ur rich, does not mean ur not a deadbeat dad. No wonder this kat has been taking pics with the kids….LOL

    • It’s not like he’s not paying child support, he didn’t let her go on a vacation with the kids. Which i take to mean, he didn’t pay for said vacation himself. That’s not wanting to give her money. Closing her Saks car? That’s not for the kids, nor is it a necessity, that’s her looking out for number one. Not obtaining her permission to take the kids should be changed to having to inform her if he’s taking the kids an not messing with her agreed upon plans cause lets face it, Usher travels a lot. The fact that she thinks she’s entitled to more child support because he’s making more really leads me to believe that this is her wanting cash. If he had violated the agreement as early as last Christmas, she could have blown the whistle then but waited until she felt she could get more cash to say something. Not cool. Don’t use the kids as a way to attack your ex.

  • Guest24

    Women like her give women a bad name. Some men out there believe all women act like this.

    • that’s true. And it may be short of all, but it is many, very many women who will act like this. A) you’re dealing with money, which brings out the worst in people; B) you’re dealing with post-breakup crap, the hellish fury of a woman scorn on perhaps the only playing field where she’s empowered to be her worst — but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

  • Stepmckenzie

    I believe she is mad because he closed her Saks account and starting to use the kids a ransom.  He’s paying child support, he’s being a responsible father by hiring help (nanny), etc. The pettyness needs to stop.  As long as he’s not abusing the kids and they are happy with him, let things be.  She just needs to get a Job or second Job if necessary and pay her own bills.

  • I think the “Media” and “Public” should stay out of their business…Just sayin.

    • Ted

      Yet here you are reading and commenting on ‘their business’.

  • Kayla

    I know it’s in writing but why does he need her permission to take HIS kids out of state lines. I swear these woman kill me. She is really sueing over a nanny?? Is this woman serious.

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    she’s not concerned about the kids obviously, she’s more concerned about what Usher can do for her since he left her. . . .