Celebrity Custody Battle

Custody battles over children are common, and in some ways are disheartening because of the children being in the middle of an ongoing marital and family split.

Yes, on the one hand these kinds of battles in courtrooms and conference rooms around the country are rarely amicable or cooperative and are often ugly and combative. But on the other hand, to have two impassioned parents fighting for the right to take care of the children hows the depth of their love for their children. Sometimes it could be seen as inspiring how hard some parents will fight to be able to take care of their children, like raising those children are the reason they are alive and go to work every day.

Some of it is about money, true. And that could well be the case in many celebrity child-support cases, as you are talking about child support payments being in the thousands of dollars per month in some cases. But there is a share of these battles where it seems pretty evident that the child is the focus and celebrity parents emphasize the “parent” over “celebrity.”

A couple of rap-industry stars have an 8-year-old son together, and have been having a series of issues with child custody and visitation. The latest battle has apparently come to a resolution that will allow both parents to spend some quality time with their child.

Nas and Kelis have been in a custody battle, which included charges of visitation disruption. The latest agreement allows Nas to spend time with their son, Knight, on one to two weekends in the first three months of 2018, starting from Friday nights after school and going until Sunday or Monday night (as in long holiday weekends).

The agreement, which apparently is the latest of several, also includes a provision where both parents are asked not to “popularize” young Knight in social media. Protecting Knight from social media is certainly reasonable, but it does make one wonder why that needed to be in a custody agreement.

Is celebrity not enough for the parents themselves, that they feel the need to place their kids in social media for their own vicarious benefit? Are there social-media followings for a young child? Do the parents put their child on social media to promote themselves as “good parents”?

Child custody can be a difficult process, but it can be also a measure of showing love for the child, as long as the parents are actually working together for the sake of the child and not playing adversarial roles on either side of the child.

Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn’t know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.