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Tameka Raymond's Lawyer Says She's ONLY Fighting For Her Children's Safety, Says Usher LIED In Custody Petition!

After news broke this morning that Tameka Raymond filed a petition against her ex-husband Usher for custody and more child support, there's more to the story.

 

Tameka's lawyer issued a statement to TheYBF.com inside...

Lisa West, legal counsel for Tameka Raymond, tells TheYBF.com that Tameka's filing was not a ploy for custody and more money, it was simply a response to USHER'S own initial request for (more) custody from this past January.

West defends Tameka's decision to protect her children from being shuffled around the world on a constant basis.  She speaks on Tameka fighting for her children's stability saying, "Ms. Raymond desires nothing more than for Mr. Raymond to have a relationship and spend quality time with their two children as consistently as possible. She, however, has never been willing to sacrifice their children's safety and welfare in her efforts to forge such a relationship and has vigorously fought to ensure the children are reared in a stable home environment."

West goes on to say the recent news of Tameka's filing was part of Usher's retaliation efforts. All because Tameka demanded to see her children--which Usher prevented her from doing--during the Holidays last year and other times.

The statement to TheYBF.com continues:

Unfortunately, Ms. Raymond's efforts have caused her to be subjected to repeated instances of retaliation by Mr. Raymond, most especially when she has expressed concerns over his lifestyle and its effects upon their children. Although Mr. Raymond's actions of refusing to abide by the child support provisions and financial terms of the divorce decree are instances of his retaliation against Ms. Raymond, the most evident instance was the custody petition he filed in January 2011 after she refused to allow their 2- and 3-year-old children to accompany him on his tour to Germany and other parts of the world.

And before you're quick to believe everything Mr. Raymond says, Tameka's counsel says most of his petition was made up of lies in order to gain custody of the kids himself:

Although media reports have failed to mention the fabricated claims in Mr. Raymond's petition to which Ms. Raymond was responding, those who actually know them both know the truth. While Mr. Raymond has chosen to fight this battle in the public, Ms. Raymond's interests lie in fighting only for the best interests of her children.

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YONNE's picture

I think the bloggers on this

I think the bloggers on this site prove what the world thinks about black american women - as long as there is a rich man involved he is ALWAYS right. We don't know enough about either of these two to be making judgment, but I could see why any responsible mother would be concerned about her babies being on a music tour even if they are with dad. This is not a family vacation. All the rules of the "game" still apply to his tour, (groupies, drinking, drugs, sex) whether or not his babies are around. And if he's on tour performing, rehearsing, doing the whole media blitz, who exactly are these babies with? I'm with mom on this one. Keep the babies home and he can reunite with them when he's done with the tour. You can't have it all even if you ARE Usher Raymond. And he shouldn't be surprised anyway. Momma tried to warn you...
MiMi's picture

Good Luck Tameka, custody can

Good Luck Tameka, custody can be an ugly battle, and with Ushers being famous and having millions of fan support and money to pay for top lawyers, you will probably be fighting this battle alone...sad but true.
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Anonymous's picture

Tameka might not want to let

Tameka might not want to let this play out in public. She has plenty of skeletons in her closet that I KNOW she doesn't want aired out.
Anonymous's picture

It sounds like you know

It sounds like you know something we want to know. Spill the "T" gurl.....allll-right
wak548's picture

People who do not have

People who do not have children or have not lived through a divorce and custody/child support battle have NO idea what it's like. After u put in the work to raise the children some men think they can just up and leave and either not give u money OR they think u will just give the kids to them. I COMPLETELY know what Tameka is going through. She didn't make the initial reports (this morn) public- TMZ dug them up. Her lawyer is just trying to protect her reputation. I don't know Tameka at all I know her situation far too well and I wish them the best in this sitiation. Divorce when children are involved is just SO DAMN ugly :((
KiKi's picture

lol... If you not financially

lol... If you not financially fit , then i agree the brotha should have custody of those children. Child support shouldn't even be a option!!!!!!They are his children just as much as they are yours.You wasnt the only one that put in work. If you were then WHAT TYPE OF NIGGA WAS YOU FUCKING WITHHHHHH........Boys should be with their fatherrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! End of discussion...
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Really? Releasing statements

Really? Releasing statements to the YBF? Apparently Tameka and her "attorney" are looking for attention...If ever my attorney made my private and personal information public, she would no longer be my attorney. But then, she is only doing what she is told. Mrs. West is second rate at best, believe me. Can we say THIRSTY?? Handle your business like a woman and stop the publicity stunts, it's not a good look for you OR your attorney.
Anonymous's picture

OMG, I COULDN'T AGREE WITH

OMG, I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE...THRISTY, CHIC THAT BLAMES YET THE MEDIUM THAT SHE CLAIMS TORE HER FAMILY UP...SHE FUCKING DISGUST ME...RUNNING TO THE MEDIA WITH ALL HER PERSONAL BUSINESS OR POSTING RANTS ON TWITTER...SHE'S SUPER INSECURE! PLEASE SOMEBODY MAKE HER GO AWAY!
Anonymous's picture

She will have a hard time for

She will have a hard time for ever because of her scamming in her past.... it is evident that she will not win because she is using the babies for money to live off of that is why she went on and, have the babies back to back,it is not fair for them to have to go through that. I really feel bad for usher because all he wants is for someone to love and be loved in return Unconditionally He didn't that's kind of love from his son but he long 4 a companion..Ijs... I fee where he is coming from.. he will be fine! Him and his boys.... that
Anonymous's picture

Custody and "Child Support"

Custody and "Child Support" huh lol....You fighting for the children safety huh...lol...I mean isn't Usher a man , Dont a man suppose to be a Protector of whats his. What's the problem???I aint heard nothing about usher actin a ass in public...But i guess instead of being around Usher a brotha thats DOING WHAT HE SUPPOSE TO DO TAKING CARE OF HIS SEED i guess they'll be more safe around you huh black woman.... lmao man this shit is ridiculous with black women. Im seeing all these comments saying "my child" "my baby" aint said shitttttttttttt about him the man that helped have the damn kids. I mean but when black women want some money or "child support" it "you need to take care of YOUR baby" now all of a sudden money is need now its "Your baby" lolll. This shit is ridiculoussssssss But you see a brotha tries to take care of his seed , and black women aint even satisfied with that. Because they want that income from your ass. Black women will complain about a nigga not doing what he suppose to but when he does , and he want to keep his children with him. All of a sudden it's a problem. All of a sudden she don't feel they're safe. BUT THEY SAFE AROUND YOU AND ALL THEM NIGGAS YOU BRING IN THE HOUSE HUH.....Goddddddddddd.....Man those are boy LET THEM BE WITH THEYYYYYYYY FATHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR IT AINT SHIT A WOMAN CAN TEACH THEMMMMMMMMMMMMM . DAMNNNNNNN BLACK WOMEN LET THEM BOYS BE AROUND A BROTHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WE HAVE ENOUGH BLACK WOMEN WITH THESE BOYS MANIPULATING THEMMMMMMMM
LetsGetIt's picture

She will have a hard time for

She will have a hard time for ever because of her scamming in her past.... it is evident that she will not win because she is using the babies for money to live off of that is why she went on and, have the babies back to back,it is not fair for them to have to go through that. I really feel bad for usher because all he wants is for someone to love and be loved in return Unconditionally He didn't that's kind of love from his son but he long 4 a companion..Ijs... I fee where he is coming from.. he will be fine! Him and his boys.... that
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IMO, I see rights and wrongs

IMO, I see rights and wrongs coming from both sides, however, we only know half the story and are only left to assume the rest. While Usher seems like a great father in the tabloids, know that it's a fact that when a musician goes on tour, they are so busy that they usually get somewhere around 3 hours of sleep a day, and this is without kids. So I'm left to wonder who they're in the care of meanwhile. If it's a nanny, they should be at home. As far as Tameka needing a nanny, as well as credit cards, AND child support, that's a little over the top, and she should be glad that this was handled without a fight (in the Public Eye, at least...).. And her kids with Ursher should be about ready to enter school anyway... Whatever... I'd be pissed, too, if I was stuck with 5 kids and no husband. LOL.. JS.
JUZSAYN's picture

so wait----she didnt have a

so wait----she didnt have a problem with him BEFORE THE CARDS WERE CUT OFF RIGHT???!!! What an Epic Fail!! on her part! This trick is just a gold digging hoe!!. You already birthed not 1, but 2 of his seeds, what THE HELL ELSE DOES SHE WANT FROM HIM?! #Gotdamn
Keisha's picture

DUMMY CAN YOU READ??? It says

DUMMY CAN YOU READ??? It says that HE "Usher" filed this petition first. This is her response to his filing. She probably added all types of shit to the case, that hes been not doing. I get it, why dont you? Reading is fundamental.
Misha's picture

So did you not think about

So did you not think about this before you married him? Hmm he's an entertainer, i might have to travel round the world with him. if we have kids that will be part of their life too, and if we get divorced our kids will prolly travel with him alone...hmmm maybe we should talk about this and write out an agreement and put that in the prenup. Just be smarter people...
Anonymous's picture

I respect her as a mother to

I respect her as a mother to want her young children to have some kind of stability, and i respect him as a father to want to be around his kids. I don't think they choose to have their business all over the place, but that is how it is when your in the public eye. Even if he is not releasing a statement about the custody battle, the press will poke their nose & report all information, even if it is misinformation. my 2cents! visit www.myexquisitefashion.com for over 50% off celebrity inspired jewelry!!!!
Exquisite's picture

Okay...that last little part

Okay...that last little part of the statement saying that while Mr. Raymond chooses to fight his shit out in public....is here attorney serious???? Note to Tameka: Bytch, we only ever hear from your azz. I aint not neva (<-----I meant that to be that hood) seen or heard from Usher Raymond in the media regarding his kids! This little statement, released by your attorney to a da** blog is another example of YOU being the one playing everything out in the media. Stay yo azz off the blogs and stop airing your own dirty laundry
jazzyiest's picture

I so agree

I so agree
tifa230's picture

I agree 100% ive neva seen

I agree 100% ive neva seen usher on anything i didnt knw till I jus read this and get ur greedy ass on talking bout he cut ur credit cards off *itch get a life and get ur own hustle if you cant afford a nanny you need to stay at home and raise your own kids
detroitfemm's picture

Uhmmm...wait...what are the

Uhmmm...wait...what are the kids going to miss staying in Atlanta without their father...algebra? They aren't even school age yet. GTFOH!
CaramelDimples's picture

Although media reports have

Although media reports have failed to mention the fabricated claims in Mr. Raymond's petition to which Ms. Raymond was responding, those who actually know them both know the truth. While Mr. Raymond has chosen to fight this battle in the public, Ms. Raymond's interests lie in fighting only for the best interests of her children. I must have missed it! If it wasnt for these two articles today on YBF, I would have never known either was seeking sole custody. So I don't know how "public" Usher's been on this matter...at any rate, they both need to just sit down somewhere! At what point did either one fear concern for the children's safety. You made babies together; he pays quite a bit for them; act like adults and trust that each will do what's best for the kids...not for Tameka; not for Usher and sure as hell not for Grace! They're little humans, not freaking pawns to be used in a silly game to show who's the biggest and the baddest. Carry on!!!
Sweet2daCore's picture

I feel that if Usher filed

I feel that if Usher filed for custody, he is an ass she is their Mom and why would he wanna take them to New York. Usher is a cocky asshole, I met him once. His "people" are his mouthpieces, you know this came from his "team". Its the same as him making public statements.
Camay's picture

Give BLACK WOMEN A BREAK

Give BLACK WOMEN A BREAK PEOPLE!!!! She doesn't want her children flying all over the world constantly - Usher needs to fit his schedule into THE BOYS stable lifestyle. Also, not allowing his boys time with their mom on Holidays is disgusting... Usher lost MAJOR cool points when he left her the way he did just because of his FANS and MOMMA....BOY GROW UP!!! For the record Tameka has TWO boutiques called ESTELLA BOUTIQUE!!! and a Children's party room similar to Chuck e' cheeses....SHE IS A BUSINESS WOMAN!!!!! DA@! IT!! ...hardly a golddigger!
Anonymous's picture

so where were her other 2-3

so where were her other 2-3 kids that she had before Usher when she was following him around the globe? Hypocrite!!! She is just mad cause he has those kids around his new boo way too much. Oh and if she wasn't digging why mention the Saks 5th avenue card? ....sad
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Tameka girl....fight this

Tameka girl....fight this battle in court, not online lol
Anonymous's picture

To the people who a blaming

To the people who a blaming the judges for giving out the child support...well the wouldn't have to if these men stop sticking their dicks in random places. Get to know the woman before you lay down and have a child with her. Men these days don't seem to care who the mother of their children are. I only becomes a issue when they have to come up off that cash. Usher not only had one child with this woman...he had two. And he know what she was about when it came to kids because she already had a couple. If men don't want to cut the checks then they need to start wrapping it up or get a vasectomy...because that shit can be easily reversed and it will cost a lot less than 20 years of child support.
Anonymous's picture

The opposite to your

The opposite to your statement must also hold true: To the people who a blaming the judges for giving out the child support...well the wouldn't have to if these **women** stop **dropping their panties** in random places. Get to know the **man** before you lay down and have a child with **him**. **Women** these days don't seem to care who the **father** of their children are. It only becomes an issue when they have to come up off that cash. Usher not only had one child with this woman...he had two. And **she knew what she was about when it came to kids because she already had a couple. If **women don't want to **have to force men to** cut the checks then they need to start wrapping it up or get a **hysterectomy**...because that shit can be easily reversed and it will cost a lot less than 20 years of child support.
Anonymous2u2's picture

tameka didn't have a problem

tameka didn't have a problem travelling with him and her kids from the marriage she walked away from to be with him all over the place, so why now is this a problem? oh, cuz you can't go? girl, stop.
pgrip's picture

Oh so true. She see that he

Oh so true. She see that he dont want her and have moved on. I hate parents like this using their kids 2 mess wit the other. Damn shame. I hope Usher wins then sue her 4 child support
Anonymous's picture

Oh so true. She see that he

Oh so true. She see that he dont want her and have moved on. I hate parents like this using their kids 2 mess wit the other. Damn shame. I hope Usher wins then sue her 4 child support
Anonymous's picture

Oh so true. She see that he

Oh so true. She see that he dont want her and have moved on. I hate parents like this using their kids 2 mess wit the other. Damn shame. I hope Usher wins then sue her 4 child support
Anonymous's picture

Oh so true. She see that he

Oh so true. She see that he dont want her and have moved on. I hate parents like this using their kids 2 mess wit the other. Damn shame. I hope Usher wins then sue her 4 child support
Anonymous's picture

LMAO wordd though

LMAO wordd though
Anonymous's picture

The number of celebrities

The number of celebrities dealing with custody, support and legal issues is probably higher than the current unemployment rate. This information is readily available using public record outlets, but sometimes info is pointed out to us by celebs and their reps. I even worked for a major celeb that was in the midst of custody drama, that even included kidnapping charges... none of this made "news" because these individuals cared about the true safety and welfare of the children involved. There is more to safety and welfare of children than their ability to travel with a custodial parent. Keeping their names, photos and business off blogs is a good start. The public tit for tat session between TMZ, blogs and lawyer statements is ridiculous, because at the end of the day these are CHILDREN (regardless of who their genetically related to). I have been there, done that, so I know what it's like to deal with severed ties and custody matters. However, there is a mature way to go about it. The only "victims" in this (since Tameka pointed out she felt like Usher always makes himself look like a victim) would be the children. Yes, they are very young; however, their parents behavior trickles down to them. Usher and Tameka are fortunate enough to have lawyers that can resolve the gritty details when emotionally the two are unable to, but they are also supposed to be mature enough to act like adults looking out for their children. We don't know what goes on in their co-parenting relationship except excerpts we find online and 140 characters or less on Twitter. (BTW Twitter is the worst publicist yet people keep relying on it for comment!) I agree with those who said, keep this business out from public view. There is a time and place to be on stage in front of everyone, and a time to sit down and keep some matters between those involved... but since Tameka wants to step up to the microphone (or have her reps do so), why is she now questioning him and his parenting style? Yes, hindsight is 20/20 sometimes, but she knew he was an international celebrity and even travelled the world with him. She included her sons on some of these trips, as we have seen photos in the past of them doing so... so why now? When people seek support based on a lifestyle their children are accustomed to, there are things related to that "lifestyle" that may come with it. Stability, I totally understand and respect speaking parent to parent, but when did his lifestyle go wrong when it was what she knew as his former stylist that toured with him and as his wife that travelled with him? I'm tired of people that cite the "grown and mature" clause, but fail to see that how they handle/voice situations speaks volumes. There is also a thing such as class, and I wish these two can lead by example in that category. Yes it is hard to take the emotion out of divorce, but the divorce is final. Now the new and only focus should be on co-parenting these children. At the end of the day, the ideal situation would be for two mature adults to decide what they want to do without even involving a court system, but they aren't there and may never be. Next best thing, grow up and talk to each other as two people that love their children. These are little people, not accessories. Not furniture you divide up. Two little boys (and their siblings too) that deserve to have their lives filled with happiness and bliss... not headlines and linked to trending topics. Tameka, since you obviously read YBF, please acknowledge you loved Usher at one point but that the union is over. Usher, please acknowledge you loved Tameka at one point but that the union is over. And both of you realize the other was worthy of conceiving children together, it just wasn't meant to be. Exhale and then put on your adult co-parenting face and find a way to compromise. Many adults have done it... and in the long run, your sons will respect you both for take the high road.
Anonymous's picture

Exceptionally well-written;

Exceptionally well-written; Very well-said!!!
Anonymous2u2's picture

Happened in 2010 but you wait

Happened in 2010 but you wait til now to do all of this, suspect. Think its prob cause he cut your cards. Nobody is checking for her as a stylist and her attitude is sour. Team Usher.
NYbabe's picture

ALLLLLLL I'm Going To Say Is

ALLLLLLL I'm Going To Say Is Just Because You Read About It & See It.. Doesn't Mean You Know Enough To Even Form A Solid Opinion.. If Someone Started Writing The Ins & Outs Of Most Of Your Pathetic Miserable Lives.. And You Suddenly Found Yourself Defending Your Personal Decisions You Too Would Seem MisUnderstood.. You Silly People Think Just Because Someone Makes A Song You Like Dancing Too That They Can't Be A JERK Or An A**Hole?! I Just Hate The Idea That You People Aren't Open Minded Enough To Consider The Possibilities!
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You have a point!

You have a point!
**'s picture

It irks me when people write

It irks me when people write this way
NYbabe's picture

NEWSFLASH: STOP ALL THE DRAMA

NEWSFLASH: STOP ALL THE DRAMA AND REMEMBER: YOU HAVE TO LOVE YOUR CHILDREN MORE THAT YOU HATE YOUR EX !!!!- ACT ACCORDINGLY AND BE A ROLE MODEL INSTEAD OF BEING BROKEN, BITTER AND BITCHIN' ALL THE TIME AND THIS RULE APPLIES TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. AFTER ALL, HAVING A CHILD IS A CHOICE - SO GET OVER IT AND HANDLE BUSINESS !!!
Clotel's picture

I don't see why she should

I don't see why she should have to change her last name. My mom kept my dad's name after they divorced. I have to admit I raised an eyebrow when I read her lawyer released her statement to YBF.com. If she doesn't what a public custody battle why issue a statement to a blog? But than again the public has always demonised her. Accusing of being an unfit mom - so she's put out her truth before Usher's people do. Eerr come to think of it - she has no other outlet. Usher has his fans, hell didn't he write a song about Raymond vs Raymond slamming her? Usher is being unreasonable - why disrupt his boys by going all over the world with them. World Tour is not the greatest environment for kids. How about he plan he make an effort to fit his life into those of his little boys. I don't like Tameka but I get where she coming from. Usher and Tameka need to stop being silly and conclude this ish - so that they can raise their babies in peaceful environment. This ish is played out.
Anonymous's picture

Again, I assert this chick is

Again, I assert this chick is crazy. This sounds like trivial B.S. that she could sit down with Usher over a long phone call and work out.
Anonymous's picture

This is all too trifling and

This is all too trifling and confused. I'm hesitant to believe that traveling the world on private jets and in luxury is the same as being 'shuffled' around. Usher SEEMS like an excellent father who desires to have his children around him frequently while most rich fathers would just send money. Jennifer Hudson and many celebs travel the world with their children and I'm certain that is perfectly normal to the child because it is there way of life not child endangerment. Tameka is forgetting that it his profession that keeps her in the lifestyle that she has come accustomed to. And to have to choose between supporting your children financially or being apart of these crucial years is unfair to anyone. Male or female.
Anonymous's picture

what other times she tweeted

what other times she tweeted pics of them with her last week for Thanksgiving..If she stayed off of twitter and actually made her own money instead of using her children as pawns this wouldn't be an issue
Anonymous's picture

To the person who is confused

To the person who is confused about custody....Usher is paying child support and Tameka likely has primary physical custody of the kids, which means they stay with her most of the time and Usher gets weekly or occassional parenting time with them. So, they may have an agreement that gives him certain holidays, or that requires them to split time on the holidays i.e., he gets Xmas morning and she gets Xmas evening. It appears from the lawyer's statement that Usher has not been adhering to the parenting time agreement and is keeping the kids past his court-ordered time.
A Jewel's picture

SOME MOTHERS WOULD BE GLAD

SOME MOTHERS WOULD BE GLAD THAT THE FATHER WANT'S TO TAKE MORE TIME CHILDREN,AND THESE ARE BOYS THEY NEED TO BE AROUND THERE DAD MORE,BECAUSE TO MANY BOYS GROWING UP SOFT AND TURN OUT TO BE GAY.I SAY SHE'S DOING IT TO HURT HIM,AND SHE NEEDS TO COUNT HER BLESSING,NOW IF THEY WERE GIRLS THAT MAY BE A DIFFERENT STORY, BUT BOYS NEED THAT MALE IN THERE LIVE.They go and have these babies because they know it;s a meal ticket,but there is a lot of hurt comes with it,and it is not worth it.
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