Texas music enthusiasts may be interested to learn that singer Chris Brown was awarded joint physical custody of his daughter on Sept. 11. The decision was handed down by the court even after the 1-year-old child's mother argued that she did not feel comfortable leaving her daughter alone with Brown.
The decision allowed Brown to take his daughter after leaving court. As per the agreement, each parent will have the child for four days at a time. The agreement came after Brown had filed documents to keep the child's mother from making disparaging remarks against the singer. Additionally, Brown publicly denounced the child's mother after it was reported that her current boyfriend was being sought by authorities for forgery. The child's mother fought back by accusing Brown of suffering from substance abuse issues.
In addition to determining custody, both parties were able to come to an agreement regarding child support. Initially, the child's mother was seeking $15,000 a month in child support. However, it was agreed that Brown would pay $2,500 every month, the amount that he had already been paying her.
Child custody disputes can become ugly very quickly, especially when there are questions involving the child's well-being. If the parents are unable to reach an agreement by themselves or during mediation, a family law attorney representing one of the parents may assist with demonstrating that it is in the child's best interest to maintain a strong relationship with the client. In addition to seeking joint or sole custody, the attorney may also negotiate the amount of child support that should be owed based on the other parent's earnings and the cost of raising the child.
Source: International Business Times, "Chris Brown-Nia Guzman Feud: 'Liquor' Singer Awarded Joint Custody Of Royalty, Reaches Child Support Agreement", Minyvonne Burke, Sept. 11, 2015