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In recent developments with rapper Ludacris’s struggles with child support payments, the rapper has decided he’s going to turn the tables on his child’s mother, Tamika, and petition for full custody of his daughter.
TMZ reports in legal documents, Ludacris states he is a “fit and capable” parent and has always been an “active father” to his other daughter from a previous relationship.
In addition, Ludacris is also asking Tamika to now pay him child support. Tamika was awarded $7K a month after requesting $15K which Ludacris said he was unable to pay due to lost income from the “Fast and Furious 7” movie which was hindered due to actor Paul Walker’s death.
It’s hard to feel sorry for some of these men for the predictable situations they place themselves in. We won’t take anything from Ludacris being a good father, but we will say between creating babies on breaks and blaming unforeseen circumstances for his financial troubles, this whole situation is not a good look. We admire these rappers trying to take responsibility, but maybe they should think twice before placing themselves in situations where they pro-create with women they don’t have any intentions on being with. There ARE children growing up in the middle of all of this.
Child support laws are tricky, but we don’t understand the legality behind making a come-up off your pregnancy. Both parties are responsible for the situations that can occur from having sex with someone, but we don’t understand how a woman can go from living an average lifestyle to balling based off of having someone’s baby. There are many women who are able to provide a healthy lifestyle for their children on way less than $15K a month. We hope that everyone involved can come to an understanding so that these children don’t have to be subjected to all this conflict over cash and custody.
Do you think Luda is legit or has a point to prove?
Although It Probably Wouldn’t Hurt, A Judge Ruled That Siohvaughn Wade Doesn’t Have To Undergo Psych Testing
Back in July, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade filed a motion requesting that his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Wade, undergo a court-mandated psychological evaluation, as a part of their ongoing child custody war.
“S.L.’s [Funches-Wade’s] statements, behavior, and her demeanor in court reflect that she is presently lost, angry and desperate. Her behavior is not in the children’s best interests…D.T. [Wade] requests that this Court immediately suspend S.L.’s timesharing…pending the results of a psychological evaluation of S.L.,” the motion reads.
Siohvaughn, however, responded by saying that her ex-husband’s request was just another malicious attempt to keep her away from their children.
“This is Mr. Wade’s ongoing pattern of behavior. I have noticed that after I speak out publicly and say what Dwyane has done to me, my children…Mr. Wade responds by running into court and asking the judge to terminate my visitation with my children in an effort to stop me from seeing my children anymore,” she said.
If you recall, Dwyane filed the motion around the time that footage surfaced on the Internet of Siohvaughn sitting on a Chicago street with a homeless sign, screaming to passersby about how she’s struggling financially while her ex-husband lives the good life. She also lamented about her ex-husband’s alleged attempts to block her from seeing their children. Though most would agree that her behavior was a bit extreme, according to the Miami Herald, yesterday in court, a judge shot down Dwyane’s request for psychological testing. According to the judge, the video did not provide sufficient evidence for a court-mandated evaluation.
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‘I Don’t Think It’s Something That Affects Your Parenting:’ Tameka Raymond Speaks On Diagnosed Mental Disorder
A couple of days ago, an interview featuring Usher’s ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, appeared on ABC. During the interview, Tameka discussed the emotional torment that she endured upon learning of her 5-year-old son’s drowning accident and being diagnosed with a mental disorder. In part two of the interview, Tameka opened up a little bit more about her diagnosis and why she doesn’t think it has anything to do with her ability to parent her children.
“I had narcissistic personality traits. That’s what actually the diagnosis was. You do a test and they ask you a series of questions, like, ‘When you’re walking down the street, do you feel like people are looking?’ My answer is yes, but I was doing it based off of when I’m walking down the street, people do point and say, ‘Oh, that’s Usher’s ex-wife.’ I think we all have a little narcissistic personality disorder, especially those of us in the limelight,. But I don’t think it’s something that affects your parenting,” Tameka told Dan Abrams.
She went on to say that the now-sealed psychological examination was requested by Usher’s attorneys during their initial child custody case.
“The psych evaluation was something that his side ordered and said that we both had to take it.”
As for the people who believe that she has underlying agendas in wanting custody of her children, for example, Usher’s $8,000 child support payments, Tameka says it’s absolutely ridiculous.
“That’s amazing. Not to, like, gloat or anything, but I come from a very well-earned career. I’ve made lots and lots of money. $8,000 a month is not a lot of money to me. I’m grateful for it, but for someone to think I don’t love my kids and this is about $8,000, they are really crazy. That’s really ludicrous.”
Reps on behalf of Usher have declined to comment on Tameka’s comments.
Watch Tameka’s interview on the next page.
For the first time since her son’s traumatic drowning accident,which occurred last week, Tameka Raymond is opening up about her ongoing child custody battle involving her famous ex-husband, Usher Raymond. During a recent interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Tameka shared why she filed for emergency custody following the incident, why she doesn’t blame Usher for the accident and how it forced to relive her late son Kile’s death. Check out her interview highlights below.
On being angered by the incident:
“I was mad because I was like ‘How did this even happen? Who was watching him? Why was my son under water for nearly 3 minutes?’”
On being forced to relive her late son Kile’s death:
“I was at a dental appointment. He doesn’t call me regularly, so when I saw his number come up. I immediately jumped up because I figured he has the boys. I need to get this.”
“It was like I relived it [Kile's death]. My brain just went into all of those modes. I even said on the phone ‘I’ve had this call before.’”
On if she blames Usher:
“I didn’t blame Usher for it. I was just angry that it happened on his watch, because while accidents happen, never have my children been injured on my watch.”
On filing for emergency custody:
“When the incident happened, my attorney filed a emergency motion, so that when my son was released from the hospital, he wasn’t going to have to go back to the house where the incident happened. Because based on our custody schedule, just like now my son was released into his fathers care again, I deemed that an emergency.”
“I would like to have my first right of refusal, which means that when he is not present , the kids come home to their mom, they don’t stay home with the nanny and watch whatever show he is on. They come home to their mom. I had to see on Instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth, that’s my baby. Things that are precious moments and milestones, I’m just missing them.”
On testing positively for a ‘moderately severe mental disorder:’
“Yes. I’m going to be retested. You would think that from hearing that, it sounds like ‘Wow, she must be cutting the kids or beating them excessively.”
On being negatively portrayed in the media:
“I’m just bad, hell on wheels. One thing I will say is, I’m an individual. I don’t have a publicist, I don’t have a manager. I don’t have an agent. I just have regular, working-class friends and family. We don’t know how to fight the machine. […] It’s hurtful sometimes because it’s so far from the truth. You’re talking about a woman that has her own career and to be reduced to some babymama, that’s bitter and that’s a gold digger, its hurtful.”
Turn the page to watch Tameka’s interview. Thoughts?
Siovaughn Funches-Wade Tells Dr. Phil The Judge Who Ruled In Dwyane Wade Custody Case Wasn’t ‘A Fan of Justice’
When the ex-wife of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is mentioned, negativity almost always follows. She’s been accused of everything from attacking her ex-husband to slashing his tires, all of which she denies. At one point, she even attempted to bring a lawsuit against Dwyane’s current girlfriend Gabrielle Union, claiming that Union is a homewrecker and a negative influence on her children. The case was eventually dismissed. After a grueling custody battle with her ex-husband, Siovaughn Funches-Wade lost custody of her children and was only granted alternate weekend visits by the courts. In a recent interview with Dr. Phil, Funches-Wade opened up about the battle and discussed why she believes her ex-husband was given preferential treatment by the courts. Here’s some of what she had to say.
On losing the custody battle:
“Well a lot of it had to do with Mr. Wade’s celebrity and a lot of it had to do with his money. But I’ve seen the court system in a way that I’ve never seen it before. I went into that place hoping to get help for my children and I, but I found judges in the courtroom quoting statistics for Mr. Wade. They would speak about him as if they were introducing the starting lineup for a basketball game. “
“One time we were doing scheduling and we were asking when would Mr. Wade come in and testify. And she was saying, ‘Oh, I know when he’ll be in Chicago. They play the Bulls and right now they’re in Philadelphia.’ She knew all of these things and she’d say all of the time, ‘I’m a huge basketball fan.’ I was sort of hoping she’d be a fan of justice, but I found otherwise.”
On having a “volatile” and “over the top” reputation:
“Well, my ex-husband had a publicist. And as far as the records reveal, it [Wade's publicist's retainer fee] may have been approximately $20,000 per month. When you’re able to pay someone that amount of money a month to plant your stories… “
On mistakes she’s made:
“I’ll say this: I’m not perfect. There’s no perfect parent. As far as being intentionally absent or intentionally harmful to my children, I won’t take that because that would be incorrect.”
Click here for footage of Siovaughn’s interview with Dr. Phil.
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‘You’re Too Incompetent To Take Care Of Yourself, Much Less Our Daughter’: Mimi Faust Blasts Stevie J Over Custody Drama
Eyebrows across the “Twittersphere” raised as one of reality television’s most erratic personalities, Stevie J claimed via his Twitter page that a judge granted him custody of his 3-year-old daughter, whom he shares with Mimi Faust. Almost everyone knew that something wasn’t right with that claim, so no one was surprised when Mimi went at him. “You’re too incompetent to take care of yourself much less our daughter,” she tweeted before participating in an all out tit-for-tat Twitter war with the producer, accusing him of only playing the “father role” for television purposes. Since their word exchange, Mimi has put Stevie on blast at multiple media outlets, expressing the real reason why Stevie has chosen to pick a fight with her. Check out some of the highlights from her interview with The Jasmine Brand.
On what initiated the tension regarding custody of Eva:
“This just started after I just did not want to deal with him anymore. That’s when it really got ugly. It happened when he decided to be w/ Joseline, honestly. You can’t have the both of us. If you want to be with Joseline, then by all means, go do that. You’re not gonna be with me and Joseline. That’s not going down. When he made his decision to do that, I decided to exit stage left. Eva was with me from the beginning of her life, up until honestly, about just three months ago, when I really started to get busy, when we stopped shooting. She was with me. Day in and day out.”
On the amount of time he spends with their daughter and whether or not he has custody:
“He’s always with Joseline. Anytime he’s out, he’s there…he’s never here. Not very much time at all.”
“If he has custody, I would like for him to put the paperwork up. Matter of fact, I will give him and anyone else, $5,000 to show custody papers. I have not been to court one time, about my daughter. It’s b*llsh**, a complete lie. There’s no custody issue–that’s it. The man is a liar. We sat in that therapy office and he admitted he’s a compulsive liar.”
Mimi also visited radio station V-103 Atlanta with her new man and shared with Egypt that this entire thing started as a result of Stevie being salty over the fact that she has a new guy, whom she seems to be quite serious with. She also revealed details behind Stevie threatening to take away their daughter.
“We’ve never been to court. I dropped Eva off Saturday [to see her grandfather]. When he sent this tweet out, it was Saturday and he texted me and said that he was on his way to Supreme Court. Yes, Supreme Court to take Eva from me. I said ‘You mean family court? And, it’s Saturday, really?’
Stevie is a character.
Listen to Egypt’s interview with Mimi on the next page. What do you make of this hot mess?
Yesterday we reported that as a result of the nasty Thanksgiving Day brawl that went down at Halle Berry’s house between her fiance Oliver Martinez and the father of her child, Gabriel Aubry, the actress was granted a temporary restraining order by a family court judge, which prohibited Gabriel from coming within 100 feet of her, Nahla, and Oliver. The temporary restraining order expires today and news has been circulating that Halle and her team of lawyers would be seeking to make this restraining order permanent. We knew that Gabriel wouldn’t take something like that sitting down considering the fact that this would ultimately prohibit him from seeing his daughter and now TMZ is reporting that Aubry will be heading to family court to plead with the judge to lift the protective order so that he will be able to see Nahla.
It is being said that his lawyers will be using the defense that Oliver is actually the one who initiated the fight and that he is responsible for severely injuring Gabriel. Extremely graphic photos of Gabriel’s facial injuries have been released, which could certainly assist in that defense tactic as they depict an obviously battered Aubry. Sources are even sharing that Oliver proceeded to pound Gabriel’s head against the concrete and even threatened to kill him. In addition to the photo, it has been revealed that Gabriel has also obtained a restraining order against Oliver.
I’m not sure what Oliver’s face looked like following the altercation, but if this pic is accurate, it certainly looks like he put the beats on Gabriel and came out completely unscathed. Some are wondering if Los Angeles Police arrested the wrong person, while others believe that Gabriel jumped to fight the wrong person and got exactly what he was looking for. Since we were not there, it is difficult to call what actually went down on that fateful day in Halle’s driveway, but we hope these two adults can put on their parenting caps and reach a agreement that will be beneficial to their child as opposed to their own selfish attempts at harming each other.
Do you believe it is fair for Halle to keep Gabriel away for his daughter as a result of this incident?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
Last week we reported that Halle Berry’s fiance Oliver Martinez and her daughter’s father, Gabriel Aubry both wound up in the Emergency Room after they got into a tussle on Thanksgiving when Gabriel showed up at Halle’s home to drop off Nahla. The saga seems to only continue this week as TMZ is reporting that Halle will be heading to court sometime this week to seek a permanent restraining order against Aubry. When the incident first occurred, the judge issued a temporary restraining order which restricted Gabriel from coming within 100 feet of Halle, Nahla and Oliver; however, that order expires this Tuesday.
It is being said that Halle is extremely concerned that didn’t have enough control to refrain from trying to fight Oliver in front of Nahla and that him being around her child poses a huge risk because he didn’t think clearly enough about his actions and the emotional trauma that he could have potentially caused Nahla.
After last week’s incident, both men were released from the hospital, but Gabriel found himself in police custody where he was booked for misdemeanor battery but was let go after he made bail, which was set at $20,000. Thankfully Nahla did not witness the scuffle.
While Gabriel and Oliver could have handled their differences in a more mature manner, trying to get a judge to issue a permanent restraining order against the man that would prevent him from seeing his child is a little extreme. However, as ugly as things got between Halle and Gabriel during their custody battle I guess an occurrence of this magnitude was almost inevitable. I’m not sure what it is with celebrities always seeking to keep the other parent from seeing their children once the relationship goes south but it seems to be a very spiteful and vindictive trend that only serves as a major injustice to the children in the long run.
Hopefully Gabriel can seek some help for his temper and he and Halle will learn to work through their differences for Nahla’s sake.
Do you believe Halle’s attempt to get a permanent restraining order against Gabriel is reasonable?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
In random “Basketball Wives” news, it is being reported by TMZ that reality star Royce Reed, the mother of Los Angeles Laker’s center Dwight Howard’s son Braylon, is petitioning that the judge handling their ugly custody order Dwight to foot the bill for her legal fees. Yes, you read correctly. Royce wants the man she is battling in court to pay for her defense efforts against him. It seems that Royce believes the fight for sole custody of Braylon is an unfair one because Dwight has enough money to “outspend her.”
Royce filed the petition in Florida stating that she is no longer in the financial position to afford those steep legal bills she’s been racking up lately running back and forth to court with Dwight. She claims that because Dwight brings in $1.3 million each month, he is able to hire the best attorneys and that he can even hire an entire team of attorneys which would only leave her swamped in legal bills that she can’t afford and that this would eventually cause her to drop of out of the battle.
The court documents reveal that so far Reed’s bill is a whopping $44,113.50 and it is expected to increase by another $60,000 if she and Dwight continue to battle it out in court, summing her legal bill up to $106,621,80.
It seems that being cut from Basketball Wives came at the worst possible time for the 30-something single mother. Yes, she is probably correct when she says that Dwight has the ability to pulverize her with a team of great lawyers, but she’s completely delusional if she thinks he should be responsible for paying her legal fees — although that typically is how these things go among the rich and the famous. See Usher and Tameka Raymond as exhibit A. So far a judge has yet to rule on her claim, but I would be surprised if the outcome of the ruling is in her favor.
Hopefully the couple is able to reach an amicable agreement for the sake of their child who would most likely benefit the most from having both parents in his life.
Do you think Royce has a decent argument for wanting Dwight to pay her legal bills?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
Earlier this week, it was reported by multiple news outlets that rapper Kid Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, voluntarily gave up custody of his daughter Vada after being involved in a very bitter and exhausting year-long custody battle with her mother. The report which originally came from TMZ implied that the rapper “gave up” custody of his daughter as a result of a “history of violence and drug addiction.”
The Grio is reporting that Mescudi’s attorney Lauren Blair is now coming out stating the claims are false and insisting that Scott and the child’s mother reached an “amicable agreement” back in August of this year and that the agreement is reflective of the fact that ”both parents are fit and proper persons to have custody of their child.” While Blair says that the terms of that agreement will remain private, she did release a formal statement regarding the controversy. Check out some of the statement below.
“There has been several reports that “Kid Cudi gives up full custody of daughter” which several gossip sites re-ran under the headline “Kid Cudi Gives Up Full Custody of His Daughter Due to ‘History of Violence and Drug Addiction.’” The statement that Kid Cudi gave up full custody due to a history of violence and drug addiction is simply false. The truth is that in August 2012, Kid Cudi and his daughter’s mother jointly reached an amicable agreement on the issues of legal custody and parenting time. While Kid Cudi’s lawyer, Lauren Blair of the Chicago-based law firm, Pedersen & Houpt, will not comment on the details of the parties’ custody and parenting agreement, which are private, she did state that the final custody judgment in Kid Cudi’s case expressly acknowledges that “both parents are fit and proper persons to have custody of their child.”
Ms. Blair also made clear that allegations of a purported history of drug and alcohol use and violent behavior that were made in the early stages of the case were based on “stale” information from internet videos, interviews and other “unreliable hearsay sources” about alleged isolated incidents with unrelated persons as far back as December 2009, June 2010 and July 2010. In fact, Kid Cudi voluntarily agreed to take a drug test to dispute those allegations and to dispel any notion that he was unfit to parent based on allegations of illegal drug use, and the test results came back negative for drugs.
Kid Cudi was also never proven to be an “absentee dad” or a deadbeat dad who didn’t want to be involved in his child’s life or tried to shirk his parental obligations. The court formally acknowledged that Kid Cudi had, since his daughter’s birth, “attempted to establish a relationship with the child and visit with the child when not on tour, or when he is in Chicago or in the state of Ohio where both parties are originally from.” The court also recognized that Kid Cudi had voluntary provided financial support, including child support, rent and other monthly payments, for his daughter since her birth until the time that a child support order was entered as part of the normal course of the case.
“Both parties, as well as the judge and the parties’ lawyers, worked very hard over many months to reach an amicable resolution because everyone saw that it was in the child’s best interest to do so and saw two parents who both deeply love and care about their child.”
We’re happy that the two parents were able to reach an agreement for the sake of their child — and that he’s not a violent drug addict.
Jazmine is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise