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Well, apparently the custodial war over Chris Bosh’s 5-year-old daughter, Trinity, is still on. According to The Jasmine Brand, Chris’ ex, Allison Mathis, recently filed documents expressing that she wants little Trinity to take the stand at their ongoing child custody trial and testify on her behalf.
As you may recall, Chris and Allison have been back and forth to court battling over custodial rights and child support since Allison was six months pregnant with the kindergartner. In the past, Chris has accused Allison of doing everything in her power to alienate him from Trinity. At the same time, Allison has accused Chris of failing to be a good provider.
In my opinion, it’s a terrible idea to drag a 5-year-old into a courtroom to testify because her parents are unable to sort their issues out. It will be interesting to see whether or not a judge will grant Allison’s request. The ex-lovers have been at it for years now and Trinity is at an age where she is probably beginning to understand what’s going on between her parents. Hopefully, the two can reach some sort of amicable agreement soon for their daughter’s sake.
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After the misleading mess that has surrounded the separation between Mase and his wife Twyla Betha for almost a year, TMZ is reporting that the couple are officially divorced.
The couple experienced some criticism earlier this year after reports revealed they had filed separation papers two years ago despite building a congregation together at the time and penning a marriage counseling book together under the guise of a happy union.
Initially both sides requested physical custody of their 2 kids. Mase will not have physical custody of the couple’s children, but has been ordered to pay $6000 in spousal and child support. Mase received “reasonable visitation” for his children of up to three hours a day as long as he gives 12-hours’ notice. Twyla must return all of Mase’s musical equipment which should be helpful as the rapper is set to release his fourth album Now We Even this summer.
Mase was recently rumored to be involved with “Basketball Wives LA” Star Malayasia Pargo who also recently filed for divorce from her husband, Jannero Pargo. Pargo immediately denied the rumors.
We’re just glad this mess is over and we hope the pair can move on a rebuild their lives and a healthy way and continue to preach the word with some honesty.
The battle is on between Sherri Shepherd and estranged husband, Lamar Sally. Last week, many of us were shocked to learn that Lamar filed for divorce from the “View” co-host after less than three years of marriage. In his divorce petition, not only did Lamar request spousal support and full custody of their unborn child, but he also demanded that their prenuptial agreement be considered void because of fraud. While the world looked on, anticipating some sort of frantic response from Sherry, for a while, they got nothing. Days after his filing, she quietly filed for divorce as well—without acknowledging his request for custody of the unborn child, which their surrogate is scheduled to deliver this summer.
Some thought it was a little odd that Sherri didn’t mention the baby in her filing. But thanks to TMZ, we now know why. In her divorce petition, Sherri simply requested that her prenuptial agreement be upheld. And at this point, that’s probably all she needed to do. You see, per Sherri’s prenup, the baby will automatically be placed in the custody of Sherri to live with her and her son, Jeffrey, once he’s born. That’s right, she gets full physical custody.
And as previously reported, the newly leaked details of Sherri’s prenup also reveal a possible theory as to why Lamar is fighting tooth and nail to have the prenup thrown out. Per the agreement, if the couple remained married for two to five years, Lamar automatically gets $60,000. He more than likely wants way more than that.
At this point, I think it’s safe to say the gloves are off.
‘What Lie Y’all Gon’ Tell Him When His Daddy Ain’t There?’ Tiffney Cambridge Files Restraining Order Against The Game
Last week we told you that rapper Jayceon “The Game” Taylor has been accused of breaking ex-fiancée, Tiffney Cambridge’s, nose in a vicious attack. With the exception of a few cryptic Instagram posts, Tiffney has remained pretty quiet regarding the alleged attacked. The Game, however, spoke out about the allegations. While he admits that there was an incident that took place, he insists that he never laid a finger on Tiffney.
We’ve recently learned that Tiffney obtained a protective order against the rapper-turned-reality-star on Apr. 2, which according to TMZ, prohibits him from coming within 100 yards of her. The order also prohibits him from having any contact with Tiffney whatsoever. The former couple is scheduled to appear in court later this month. Until then, The Game has reportedly been granted weekend visitation to see the children.
Interestingly, the “My Life” rapper recently took to Instagram with claims that Tiffney is not allowing him to see his children. His heartfelt post reads:
“Doing the best I can not to break.. But it’s funny how someone you’ve done so much for can be so ugly & cruel as to keep my children away from me vindictively because I’ve decided to move on with my life. I love all 3 of my kids more than life itself & it’s one thing to keep me away from them.. & them away from me but @harlemcarontaylor hasn’t seen his younger brother or sister in a month & just texted me ‘Dad, how come Justice can’t come to my house’ & I have to lie to him because he’s to young to understand the real reason why.
I know they ask about me, I know they love me & I know they miss me as much as I miss them but were not allowed to see each other & for what ??? As if I haven’t been there for them everyday since the day they were born…. They are the only reason I care about breathing another day on earth… They are the sole reason I have become a better person… They are the reason I give back, the reason I help people & the reason I wake up everyday with a smile on my face. Most importantly… They are MY CHILDREN & we deserve to be in each other’s lives forever.
What kind of person would get in the middle of someone’s devoted fatherhood when there are countless women out here that are raising there children on their own with no one to help. You would think a father that loves his children the way I do would be the least bit appreciated & not have to beg someone to see his own children. I have worked so hard at being a good parent only to have it taken away by someone who cares not about me, nor the welfare of our children but only about themselves. All of this just so you can keep me away from Justice on his birthday. What lie y’all gone tell em’ when his Daddy ain’t there ? Like I have been the past 6 birthdays ? The past 6 Christmas’s ? The past 6 years of a son’s life whom got his name from a father that patiently awaited his arrival here into this world ??? & Cali….. I’m not gone even start.. I will end this by saying…. Daddy loves you…. Misses you… & will always be here no matter what happens !!!! I am a REAL FATHER.”
We’re not 100% sure what’s going on here, but we can only hope that these two can amicably work things out for the sake of their children.
Last fall we told you that rapper Percy “Master P” Miller and his wife, Sonya Miller, were throwing in the towel and heading to divorce court after 24 years of marriage. Well, let’s just say that all hell has broken loose since then. Last month Sonya came forward basically saying that P left her and their minor children broke and destitute, forcing her to apply for welfare. Just days later the No Limit Records founder publicly denied his estranged wife’s claims and insisted that she has a drug problem.
“All I ask is that she take a drug test in the next two weeks and pass it,” P wrote in a letter. “I will give her everything I have. The four minors she says she needs help with, three of them are with me, this makes no sense. I’m tired of sugarcoating and hiding the truth of ungrateful people that I’ve been taking care of for so many years.”
Now Sonya is claiming the P abducted three of their four minor children. According to TMZ, Sonya filed an emergency custody order stating that he return their children immediately. In her filing, she says that the rapper picked up their 13-year-old son, Hercy, from school back in February and never brought him home. Then, she says he turned around and did the very same thing with their 9-year-old son, Mercy, in March. As for their 17-year-old daughter, Tytyanna, well, she ran off to live with her dad a while ago and hasn’t looked back since. The couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Italy, is still currently living with her mom. Sonya is requesting that a judge award her with full custody of all of the children.
Good grief that’s a lot of drama!
Apparently Kordell Stewart has been duking it out in court with his son’s mother, Lae Tania Richardson for quite a few years now—since 2011 to be exact. But according to Radar Online Stewart and Richardson were finally able to come to an agreement when it comes to the custodial rights of their 9-year-old son, Syre.
Court documents reveal that Stewart initially requested full custody of the child in 2011 after learning that Richardson was looking to relocate to Los Angeles with the boy for a new job opportunity. However, Richardson objected, arguing that Stewart barely ever spent time with his son. She also told the court that “after filing the lawsuit, Plaintiff/Father went almost nine days without calling his son or seeking to text his son,” adding that Stewart “has not spent a consecutive five-day period with his son ever except during this litigation” and “has never taken his son on any vacation.”
Stewart’s ex-wife, Porsha Williams, was also mentioned in the legal dispute when the defense pointed out that the retired NFLer “has flown with his new wife/former fiancée to California, Las Vegas, Miami, Oregon, New York multiple times during just 2010 and 2011,” but had failed to take his son anywhere.
According to their new custody agreement, no child support will be paid by either party and they will share joint custody with Kordell getting primary physical custody. The new agreement also states that “Mother and the Child will have to right to communicate with each other over the telephone at Father’s residence at any reasonable time” and that “The Father shall be the final decision maker should the parties disagree” on issues pertaining to Syre’s welfare.
This dude must have an amazing legal team.
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?