Going through a child custody case for a public figure is difficult. Supporters of the person will usually side with what the celebrity asks for, while other might side with the person who is fighting against the public figure. For Ohio residents who have been following the career of Ludacris, the latest event in the child custody battle over his 4-month-old daughter might be interesting.
The judge presiding over the rapper's child custody battle has issued an order against him. Citing the baby girl's best interests, the judge has ruled that the baby's mother is now her Guardian ad Litem. The judge also ordered that Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, must pay for the mother's legal fees.
The court order states that Ludacris must pay the baby's mother's counsel $35,000 plus any other amounts that were previously awarded. He has 10 days to comply. He was also hit with $2,000 in fees when the court found that his claim about the mother being in contempt of court wasn't valid. The court also ordered the rapper to pay fees to the Guardian ad Litem, with an initial retainer of $7,500 being due within 14 days of the order, as well as $325 an hour . It also says he must replenish the funds when they dip down to $1,500.
Anyone who is going through a child custody case has to keep the child's best interests at heart. If you are facing child custody hearings, you will need a strong legal advocate to fight for your rights as well as the rights of your children. Experienced family law attorneys can provide more information on child custody and how to improve your chances at securing custody.
Source: Radar Online, "Ludacris Shot Down By Judge In Child Support Case, Ordered To Pay Over $35,000 To Baby Mama" No author given, Apr. 10, 2014