Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond appeared in Fulton Court court yet again to hash out additional details of their child support agreement.
As you know, Usher was awarded Primary custody of the couple’s two young sons but Tameka’s attorneys filed two motions that allowed the original joint custody order to be stayed temporarily.
Today’s court hearing was held to address those motions and the judge allowed each side a few moments to express their concerns.
Details + more photos below…
Fulton County Judge Tipton-Lane was asked to recuse herself from hearing the motion for new trial due to her “financial relationship” with one of Usher’s attorneys, John Mayou. Tipton-Lane refused to recuse herself, so Tameka’s attorney was forced to present her argument that the judge was biased to…. the judge that they were saying was biased. *sigh*
It was argued that Tameka’s due process was violated by the judge and John Mayoue’s non-disclosure.e.
Tameka’s attorneys spoke of the inconsistencies with the judges ruling, stating the it was “inconsistent with the evidence presented” as well as that it was “inconsistent with the psychological reports obtained”.
It was also brought to the court’s attention that Usher INTENTIONALLY failed to disclose that he had secured a position on “The Voice” – if you recall, the news of his joining the show was made within days of the final hearing.
Another issue brought up to the court was that Usher had been out of the state 17 days in these 24 days of October 2012 and that it was undisputed that he would NOT be in town at least 70/80 percent of the time.
During the original trial, Tameka’s side requested Usher’s schedule and the judge never ordered him to produce it. Her attorney surmised that they needed it to prove he was lying about being able to maintain primary custody in the state.
In the original trial, Usher maintained he had a “village” to help him care for the children ie his mother, grandmother, aunt, new girlfriend (?), however, those people never appeared before the court for the judge to determine if it was actually in the best interest of the children.
Usher’s refusal to pay attorney’s fees was argued as well. As it was his decision to bring forth the original action seeking SOLE custody, and that Tameka had won 3 of the 5 contempt charges that were presented to the court, it was argued that her attorney’s should be paid by her ex-husband.
Usher’s attorneys argued that he had already paid $25,000 to Randy Kessler (Tameka’s former attorney), and West (Tameka’s current attorney) argued that they did so with no issues. Now that she has requested payment, Usher’s attorneys were refusing to pay additional funds, suggesting that the $25,000 should have been reallocated (where they do that at?)
At any rate, the main issues brought up were that Usher lied to the court about his deal with The Voice, originally stating that he was in negotiations with an unnamed show that filmed in ATL, NY and LA (and it was noted that The Voice only tapes in LA and he knew that) and that the judges order ruling that he be granted primary custody was totally inconsistent with any evidence presented to the court, i.e. Tameka was not found to be psychologically unfit and there was no evidence presented that would otherwise suggest she was unfit.
[Sidebar: And don't even get me started on Usher's blatant refusal to take that drug test... ]
Here’s the thing… No… I don’t think that it’s wrong for a father to want custody of his kids. But the judge clearly stated in the original order that “it’s NOT in the children’s best interest” to be on tour with Usher and yet… she ruled to give him primary custody knowing he would be going on tour. Oh… and he LIED about his schedule are refused to reveal it to the court (but that’s beside the point, right?)
Judge Tipton-Lane is expected to rule on the motions this week and yet again… what this all boils down to in my opinion is dollars and cents.
Will Tameka ever get a fair trial? Only time will tell…