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Illinoisans may recall that R&B star Usher has been in and out of the news for the last several years not just because of his gifted vocal skills and signature dance moves, but also because of a slew of family law issues, especially child custody over his two kids. Usher and his ex-wife were married in 2007, divorced in 2009 and have battled regularly since.

That apparently has not changed even though a court previously awarded Usher custody of the couple’s two children. Usher’s ex-wife recently asked for temporary custody of the kids following an incident in which one of the children got caught in a pool drain while Usher’s aunt supervised. According to Usher’s ex-wife, the child “suffered a near-death accident” and she requested that the court grant her temporary custody of the two children.

The court responded quickly to the emergency request, holding a hearing shortly after the incident, which allowed both parties to explain their side of events. At the end of the hearing, the court apparently was satisfied with Usher’s explanation and decided not to upset the status quo.

The incident highlights the potentially temporary nature of child custody. For those fortunate enough to have child custody, it should serve as a warning that child custody is a privilege that can be withdrawn at the first sign of poor care. For those who do not, but want to have child custody, it should serve as a comfort that courts will act quickly in the face of evidence that the custodial parent may not be doing as good a job as they should.

Source: Huffington Post, “Usher’s Child Custody Battle Back In Court,” Aug. 9, 2013