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The Top 5 Celebrity Family Law Stories of 2012

At FindLaw’s Atlanta Family Law Blog, we cover a lot of celebrity news, particularly with regard to divorce, child custody, and any number of other family law issues. With the TomKat split and the Usher custody battle making headlines, 2012 was a pretty wild year for family law news.

So here are our top five celebrity family law stories of 2012.

The Usher Custody Battle

Usher and ex-wife Tameka Foster’s drawn-out custody battle was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. In May, Tameka accused Usher of sleeping with their children’s nanny. In another incident, Usher broke down crying on the stand.

Then in July, Tameka’s son Kile Glover died after suffering brain damage while tubing on Lake Lanier. The tragedy led to rumors that the former couple would settle their dispute. However, a month later they were back in court battling it out.

In the end, Usher got things “his way”: he was granted sole custody of their two sons. The decision was a bit puzzling, considering Usher is away on tour for a good part of the year.

Bobbi Kristina Engaged to Adopted Brother?

Back in October, Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina dropped a bombshell on her family by announcing her engagement to adopted brother Nick Gordon. Houston informally adopted Nick when he was 12. Nick and Bobbi were then raised like siblings.

The engagement announcement led us to wonder: Is that legal? While it may be a bit creepy, marrying an adopted sibling isn’t illegal in Georgia. So Bobbi and Nick should be in the clear.

The TomKat Split

It was the divorce announcement heard around the world. While Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were pretty guarded about the reasons for their split, we couldn’t help but wonder, “was it over Scientology?” As we discussed in a series of posts, Holmes had requested sole legal custody. That would give her decision making authority over key areas of Suri’s life, including her religious instruction.

Halle Berry’s Thanksgiving Throwdown

Tension had been building between Halle Berry and her ex Gabriel Aubry for months over custody of the former couple’s 4-year-old daughter Nahla. Things came to a head on Thanksgiving of all days. During a routine custody hand-off at Berry’s home, a brawl broke out between Aubry and Berry’s fiance Olivier Martinez. Martinez reportedly came out on top, sending Aubry to the hospital with some serious facial contusions.

The Bodyguard

Initially, Seal and Heidi Klum’s split seemed pretty amicable, so it came as a surprise when Seal accused Klum of sleeping with the former couple’s bodyguard. According to Seal, the affair had been happening right under his nose while he and Klum were still married. Soon after the split, Klum and bodyguard Martin Kristen began dating.

Of course, Seal may have had an ulterior motive for going public with the affair. Infidelity could have an effect on the validity of the couple’s prenuptial agreement.

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