Usher has been awarded primary physical custody of his two sons.
An Atlanta judge made the ruling yesterday (August 24) after a lengthy legal battle in which the singer’s ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, sought to maintain joint physical custody and receive an increase in child support payments.
Usher, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, will continue to share joint legal custody with his ex-wife. However, the details of her visitation rights have yet to be decided. Commenting on the court battle between the former spouses, a source who declined to be named on record told Reuters: “It’s been a long and difficult process for everyone.”
Usher married stylist Tameka Foster in August 2007. They welcomed their first son, Usher Raymond V, that November, and their second son, Naviyd Ely Raymond, in December 2008. The couple divorced in November 2009 after Usher claimed that they had been living separately for over a year. Foster Raymond also has three sons from previous relationships, one of whom was killed in a tragic boating accident in July this year (2012).
In June (2012), Usher released his seventh studio album, ‘Looking For Myself’, which features collaborations with Diplo, A$AP Rocky and Luke Steele from Empire Of The Sun. He launched the album with a special one-off gig at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on June 12 that was streamed live around the world on YouTube.