Florida entertainment fans may have heard that singer Chris Brown has reached a settlement in the custody dispute he had been having with Nia Guzman. Media sources indicate that Brown will be permitted 12 days of unsupervised visitation with his 1-year-old daughter, Royalty, every month.
Guzman had previously requested that Brown's child support payments be increased to $15,000 per month, but this was denied. He has been granted joint physical and legal custody of the child. As part of the process, Brown was required to undergo drug testing and reportedly tested positive for marijuana and codeine, though he is said to have a prescription for both of these.
As part of the newly established parenting plan, which is still pending a judge's final authorization, Brown, 26, will pay $2,500 a month in child support to Guzman. In addition, he also owes Guzman financial support to pay for the child's health insurance, education and other necessities such as child care.
Someone who is involved in a similar custody dispute may wish to consult their options with an attorney who has experience with these types of matters. In some cases, it may be necessary to investigate a family's individual circumstances to determine the basis for someone's custody claim and help them make their case against the other party. An attorney may be able to help a client in developing these arguments and advocating for their claims before the court. Since there are important differences between legal and physical custody of a child, it's worthwhile to consult a custody dispute with an attorney and work to avoid potential complications in the process.