Usher & Tameka Raymond Embrace After Usher Wins Custody Hearing

Fri, August 9, 2013 6:27pm EST by 19 Comments
Usher Custody Hearing

On August 9, Usher and his ex-wife each took the stand at a custody hearing in Atlanta. Tameka presented her case to win back primary custody of her two boys, but she lost to Usher and the family’s current custody arrangement will remain the same. While he keeps custody, Usher got a major warning from the judge! Get all the dramatic details here!

Tameka Raymond filed an emergency petition for a custody hearing with ex-husband Usher following the August 5 near-drowning of their son Usher Raymond V. The judge granted the hearing session very quickly because of the situation, but the August 9 hearing itself was almost as dramatic as the accident itself! After the tedious hearing and the decision was made, the exes even hugged!

Usher Custody Hearing — Battle With Tameka Raymond After Son’s Pool Accident

Usher kept his cool composure for the duration of the hearing, while Tameka broke down crying during her emotional testimony. Both sides offered their own version of their child-rearing arrangement, but in the end, the judge’s decision went to Usher: he is able to keep primary custody of his two boys.

Tameka’s defense was that the caretakers watching over Usher V were not the ones supposed to be watching him and she could have done a better job herself. This one accident was actually just a part of a “series of judgement calls that put the kids gravely in danger,” Tameka’s defense said.

Usher’s lawyer said that the kids were “thriving” with Usher, and that “this is an accident that could have happened to anyone.”Usher’s team says Tameka’s allegations are “false,” and “for attention.” They also said that Tameka was sensationalizing the situation to be even more dramatic than it already is by claiming that Usher V was “dead” and “had to be revived” after being rescued from the pool.

Throughout the hearing the judge, Hon. John J. Goger frequently called Tameka out on the claims that she was making since she can’t confirm a lot of her stories since she does not live in the house with the children.

In attempts to prove Usher’s bad parenting, Tameka explained that she is “not in the know” about her kids, claiming that Usher never answers his calls or texts from her. When he took the stand, Usher claims that he updates Tameka on the boys “weekly, every Sunday.”

Tameka Raymond V. Usher Defense

Tameka’s efforts throughout the hearing were to establish how badly Usher keeps her out of the loop — from claims that he frequently replaces the nannies so that she doesn’t know who’s in charge, and not knowing the names of the schools that the kids go to — actually worked against her.”I don’t know where my kids are, who they’re with, who’s taking care of them.” These notes did not help establish herself as an involved mom. Tameka has long-standing complaints that Usher prefers “third-party care” over her.

Usher claims that “his village” of support system consisting of family and friends watch over the boys when he is not in Atlanta, but admitted that he does not always update Tameka about his travel plans and who is taking care of the kids. The judge gave Usher a major warning about needing to personally step up his game to keep his kids safe, and keep more in touch with Tameka, updating her about her children constantly.

Increased communication between Usher and Tameka will be greatly considered in the second custody hearing, so Usher may possibly get a different outcome from the judge if he does not improve.

Tameka Raymond Breaks Down On The Stand

Tameka broke down in tears when the court played the 911 call made by Aunt Rena reporting Usher V’s accident. Still, the defense used the call to point out Aunt Rena’s inefficiency when dealing with the young boys. The pair’s other son, 4-year-old Naviyd, was in the background of the call and was unable to be controlled by his aunt as she made the call.

She got emotional over calling this incident a “so-called emergency,” fearing that she has no confirmation that her son will be exactly the same health-wise as he was before.

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Are you happy with the outcome of the hearing?

WATCH: Usher Raymond V. Tameka Raymond Custody Hearing

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– Kristine Hope Kowalski and Katie Kravat

More Usher & Tameka Raymond Children News:

  1. Usher’s Son: First Picture Released After Scary Pool Accident
  2. Usher’s Son, 5: 911 Call Released As Ex-Wife Seeks Custody
  3. Usher’s Son Raced To The Hospital After Almost Drowning In Pool

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Posted at 6:29 PM on August 13, 2013  


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Posted at 5:48 AM on August 11, 2013  

An entire army could never replace being surrounded by your own mother’s love. Usher hugged her to receive public sympathy and it worked. I feel very sorry for those kids.

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Posted at 12:46 PM on August 11, 2013  

That’s ridiculous! There are plenty of crappy mothers out there that do not get custody of their children for good reason. There are plenty of good fathers out there that are finally stepping up and becoming wonderful caregivers. Tameka Raymond wants those kids so she can get more money out of Usher, as she is unhappy with the alimony she received from the divorce. If she had received more money from the divorce, she would never have bothered to go to court for custody. What she needs to do is get a job and support herself and quit trying to live of the backs of her kids…

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Posted at 7:52 AM on August 12, 2013  

Tameka was actually a successful business woman before she met him. She was his stylist and I am sure she was making a pretty penny. She also gets alimony so she really doesn’t need the kids to get money from him. It is natural for her to want her children especially after tragically losing her oldest son. I feel sorry for the children and if there are so many other people looking after them other than their father because of work then why not let them be with their mother!?

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Posted at 3:08 AM on August 11, 2013  

What is the heck is wrong with some of yall people on here stupid comment Geez it was a Accident as the judge Ruled

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Posted at 1:24 AM on August 11, 2013  

when kids that young are given custody to their dad ,instead of the mother through the courts .it don’t take a genius to figure it out , the court is the voice which will be heard for the kids , some fathers got love for their kids ,even greater than some mothers

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Posted at 3:46 PM on August 10, 2013  

Why is it that a woman now is fighting custody for her kids but if it was the other way around then no one would have anything to say. Boys should be rised by their fathers and girls by their mothers. On top of that if Tameka would have never lowered herself to mess around with that young guy she would have never been in this situation. But no one says anything about that she been after the money from day 1

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LIfe is Good

Posted at 8:12 PM on August 10, 2013  

Boys and girls should be raised by both parents. I think it takes two people to “mess around”…whatever that means. Tameka didn’t make those boys by herself. Why is it always the woman’s fault. Usher is by no means an innocent participant in this family squabble. Usher is a immature, self absorbed man-child. He’s not a good husband nor a good father.

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Posted at 1:00 PM on August 11, 2013  

Duh, “mess around” means she cheated on Usher with another man when they were married. Obviously she is not the better parent or she wouldn’t have lost custody in the divorce. The judge obviously found Usher the better parent. Mother’s do not lose custody unless it is proven they are unfit. She is a gold-digger looking to live the high life without earning it herself. She wants custody so she can get more money out of Usher, which she will spend on herself.

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Posted at 11:41 AM on August 10, 2013  

What kind of a question is that?? No woman/female would ever want that to happen in their life. I think that is really cruel to do to a woman, but god always has plans, even for the inferior black women like us #thatisall

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Posted at 9:14 AM on August 10, 2013  

How can Usher sleep at night knowing he’s depriving these boys of a mother’s love. He more than anyone should understand the importance of a mother’s love. But Usher has some trifling family members. Starting with his mom who dogged out Tameka, her own grand kids mother, on national TV. Apples don’t fall from the tree. And Aunt Rena needs to be checked out by Social Security Disability. This woman didn’t know the specifics of her disability! I’m sure Usher is paying her big bucks and she’s collecting SS disability checks….sounds like fraud. I watched the live coverage and Usher told countless lies on the stand.

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Haywood (@thepurpureLite)

Posted at 2:18 AM on August 10, 2013  

I feel terrible for her.

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Mz Hot Choc

Posted at 8:15 PM on August 11, 2013  

I feel sorry for her as well. She did lose a son. I am sure this accident has taken a real toll on her emotionally. It was an accident, just as her others son accident, but he didn’t survive. People really need to open their eyes and see the big picture.

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vr isbel

Posted at 11:06 PM on August 9, 2013  

I’m not in the loop– so tell me, why doesn’t Tameka have custody or is it joint?

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Posted at 5:33 PM on August 9, 2013  

The justice system is truly broken. I pray the children are ok.

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Posted at 6:41 PM on August 9, 2013  

How exactly is it broken in this case? are they going to drag each other into the court each time one of those children have and accident?

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Posted at 7:45 PM on August 9, 2013  

Lol, seriously. It was an accident that could happen to anyone. Just be thankful he’s okay and pray that maybe this incident will bring the parents closer together for the sake of the kids.

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Posted at 5:18 PM on August 9, 2013  

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