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Judge rules in Chris Brown's favor in custody case

Tennessee fans of entertainer Chris Brown may have been following his custody battle with Nia Guzman, the mother of his daughter Royalty. Guzman had filed a number of motions against the singer, but in a court hearing on Aug. 12, the judge denied them all.

The rejected motions included a request for full custody and barring visits to Brown's mother, supervised visitation only with Brown, and a requirement that Brown be drug tested. Brown had paid Guzman's attorney's fees, and the judge also ordered that Guzman repay him.

As a result, the original provisions of their child custody agreement will stand. This means that Brown gets 12 unsupervised visitation days with Royalty. Brown also pays $2,500 monthly in child support and reportedly also pays for the child's education, health care and nannies on top of that amount. Guzman had originally asked that the amount she received in child support be increased to just under $16,000, but she then dropped the request.

Child custody disputes can be among the most difficult aspects of a divorce. Most family courts take the view that children benefit from contact with both parents, and in some cases, joint custody might be an option. The standard a judge uses is the child's best interests. This involves considering a number of points such as the child's adjustment and stability and, in some cases, the child's own preferences. Parents might want to try to negotiate an agreement with the help of their respective attorneys instead of going straight to litigation since this may result in an arrangement they are both happier with. Furthermore, children may adjust better when a divorce is less contentious. However, if one spouse is abusive or uncooperative, it may be necessary to go before a judge.

Source: The Source, "Nia Guzman's custody case against Chris Brown backfires," Tanaja Hill, Aug. 14, 2016

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