Texas fans of entertainers Future and Ciara may have followed their tumultuous relationship and subsequent custody battle. Their son, Future Zahir Wilhelm, reached his second birthday in May, and Ciara has filed for sole custody of the child. In an effort to keep Future from talking about her or discussing their son on social media, she has also filed a $15 million defamation suit.
According to one source, Ciara and her attorney told the judge that Future was a bad parent and a bad person. Future reportedly asked for joint legal custody, and the judge was more amenable to this. The case is being heard in California where joint legal custody is common.
Future has three other children from previous relationships. This is Ciara's first child. She is currently engaged to NFL star Russell Wilson.
As this case demonstrates, when relationships end, they can often become particularly contentious around issues of child custody. It is best for the children if parents can try to cooperate on this issue, but this requires the participation of both parents and is not always possible. Parents may want to try mediation or some other form of negotiation before turning to a judge to solve their custody dispute. Judges try to make decisions that are in the child's best interests, and it is usually assumed that this includes contact with both parents. If one parent is concerned about issues like abuse or a possible relocation, litigation may be the only solution. A parent should discuss any concerns of this nature with an attorney.
Source: Jezebel, "Ciara and Future Are Reportedly Headed Toward Joint Custody of Baby Future," Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, May 17, 2016