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Following pool accident, Usher's ex-wife asks for custody change

A celebrity child custody dispute has recently arisen. The dispute involves the musical artist Usher and his ex-wife.

Usher and his ex-wife have two children. Under the current child custody arrangement regarding the children, Usher has primary custody of them.

On Monday, an accident occurred involving one of the children. That evening, the child was in a pool. The child's arm then got caught in a pool drain while he was trying to grab a toy and he nearly drowned. According to Usher's ex-wife, the child was under the charge of Usher's aunt at the time of the accident.

The child was hospitalized after the accident.

In the wake of this pool accident, Usher's ex-wife filed an emergency motion seeking a child custody hearing and a child custody arrangement change. Usher's ex-wife is asking that custody of the children be transferred to her. In relation to this request, Usher's ex-wife has alleged that Usher: is not able to properly care for and supervise the children, relies heavily on third parties when it comes to the care of the children and has created an environment that is dangerous for the children. Usher's ex-wife made reference to the pool accident in her motion.

A hearing has been scheduled for Friday in relation to this matter. It will be interesting to see what happens in this hearing and how this child custody dispute is ultimately resolved.

Child custody disputes can give rise to strong emotions and can get very complex. Generally, what child custody cases center on is what is in the best interests of the children involved. Many different factors can play a role in what child custody arrangement is in the best interests of the children involved. Thus, child custody disputes can touch on many complicated and important issues. What resolutions are ultimately reached in child custody disputes can be very impactful.

Thus, if a parent is in a child custody dispute, he or she may wish to consider seeking advice from an experienced family law attorney.

Sources: CNN, "Usher's ex-wife cites son's pool mishap in custody bid," Alan Duke, Aug. 7, 2013

Contra Costa Times, "Update: Usher's ex-wife seeks custody hearing after son nearly drowns," Tony Hicks, Aug. 6, 2013


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