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What Rhode Island residents should do in a custody dispute

Kent residents know that R&B artist Usher Raymond has made media headlines with multiple issues concerning his divorce from ex-wife Tameka Foster. When it comes to child custody, unfortunately, issues can continue to arise long after the final divorce decree is signed.

Usher Raymond divorced his wife, Tameka Foster in 2009. After a long, emotionally draining divorce and custody battle, Usher was awarded primary custody of the couple's two children in 2012. Recently, Usher's 5 year-old son was involved in an incident that left him nearly dead. The boy fell into the pool at Usher's home and became caught in the drain. A nearby construction worker was able to free the child and subsequently perform CPR.

The incident sparked the filing of an emergency custody hearing by Foster. In her submissions to the court, Foster says that her ex-husband frequently leaves the children in the care of third-party caregivers and that this is not in the best interests of the children. Further, Foster submitted to the court that she is able to care for the children and it is the children's preference that they stay with her as opposed to any third party.

Life can be very unpredictable. Life can be even more predictable when it comes to children. When various life changes occur, such as a job loss, relocation or changes in the health of a caregiver or child, a parent may file for a child custody modification. If a parent becomes unable to act in the best interests of his or her child, the court can and will modify the custody arrangement.

Rhode Island residents who are struggling with child custody issues should know that they have multiple options available to them, and that modification may be a viable option, depending on the circumstances surrounding their case.

Source: Huffington Post, "Usher's Ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, Requests Emergency Custody Hearing", Kate Brumback, Aug. 8, 2013

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