Usher's ex-wife Tameka LOSES custody of their children as singer is awarded primary care
22:12 GMT, 24 August 2012
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond suffered fresh heartache today – after losing the custody battle over their two sons.
The 33-year-old singer was awarded primary care of four-year-old Usher
Raymond V and Naviyd, three, after a ruling by Georgia judge, TMZ reports.
It comes just weeks after Tameka's 11-year-old son Kile – from a previous relationship – tragically died following a freak jet ski accident last month.
Court battle: Usher was today awarded primary custody of his two sons from his marriage to Tameka Raymond, pictured here at separate hearings this month
The former couple were both giving evidence last week, with Tameka trying to prevent the singer from taking sole custody of their two young sons, while closing arguments were also delivered.
It was a messy battle which saw
Tameka accuse Usher of being an absent father – while he branded her a
bad mother who was unable to bond with their children.
Their two sons will now spend most of
their time with their father – while it is unclear how much access
Tameka will get to the young boys.
Main parent: Usher
Raymond V and Naviyd, three, will now spend most of their time with their father
Usher and Tameka previously had a co-parenting agreement in place.
According to Fox Atlanta,
an attorney representing the vocalist said at an earlier hearing: 'We believe the evidence is
that Ms Raymond is incapable of being a proper parent to these
The ruling comes after Tameka's son Kile, 11, from a previous relationship, tragically died last month
'That she does not have the emotional stability or capacity to bond with them, and therefore she is handicapped.'
the 41-year-old stylist's attorney Lisa West told the court the pop
star is on the road all the time, and cannot rely on the 'village' of
his mother, grandmother and aunt, who all attended, to keep the
She added that he does not have a good relationship with his mother, and said Tameka is determined to fight for custody.
The two divorced in 2009 and both sides admitted the current co-parenting arrangement is not working.
They have been attending Fulton County for various hearings over the past several months, with both giving testimony.
whose surname is Raymond, told the court on Monday last week that he
tries to focus on his children when they are with him, but sometimes he
has to juggle other commitments.
According to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he
said: 'I try to do all of my work when I don't have the children, but
there may be times when there's an obligation of something that comes
Happier times: Usher and Tameka back in 2008, the year before their divorce