As discussed in a previous post, Usher and his ex-wife recently divorced and are going through a child custody battle over the couple's two children. Usher's ex-wife has contested custody, asking a Georgia court for modification of child custody arrangements currently in place. Specifically, she requested the court take away Usher's joint physical custody of the children while giving her sole custody.

That battle has taken a new turn; one that encompasses not only the issue of child custody, but possibly child support as well.

As part of their divorce settlement, Usher reportedly has the power to sell the Georgia mansion that his ex-wife and two children currently live in, provided he gives his ex-wife 60 days notice. Usher's ex-wife worries that he will do exactly that, which she says would leave her with no home and escalating legal bills in the divorce dispute.

Usher's ex-wife has also reportedly requested Usher to provide her and their two children a permanent home. However, he reportedly has balked at that request because he believes he has paid her enough already.

Though not every child custody and support dispute involves real estate machinations, Georgia couples face child custody issues similar to those confronting Usher and his ex-wife at the moment.

While the issue of child support may not be directly reflected in the particular aspects of this development in the couple's overall dispute, it does seem to come into play. This is because the welfare of the children potentially could be affected by the prospect of their father being able to sell the home they are in. This is something that the courts are likely to take into consideration in determining whether to grant the ex-wife's demand for a permanent home.

If nothing else, what this episode shows is that there are many nuances that can come into play in the course of any divorce dispute. That's why it's so advisable to have the help and aid of an experienced family law attorney.

Source: AZ Central, "Usher, ex-wife locked in complicated legal battle," May 15, 2012; FindLaw, "Child Support Basics," undated