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Judge rules for Chris Brown in custody hearing

New York residents may have heard that the mother of singer Chris Brown's daughter asked a judge for full custody of the child. She also asked for limited visitation for the singer and no visitation for the child's grandmother. The woman also asked that Chris Brown be drug tested. However, during a hearing on Aug. 12, all of her requests were denied. In fact, she was ordered to reimburse Brown for money he gave her for her attorney.

As a result of the ruling, Brown will be able to have 12 days of unsupervised visitation with the child each month. He is also paying $2,500 a month in child support plus the cost of her daughter's nannies, her education and health care costs. It was reported that the mother had sought an increase in child support to $16,000 a month, but that request was later withdrawn.

In any child custody case, the individual needs of the child are typically going to be of paramount importance. This means that both parents may be entitled to custody or visitation rights regardless of how they feel about each other. It also means that both parents are generally expected to pay for their child's care and for other needs that the child may have. Those who are in a child custody or support dispute may wish to consult with an attorney.

An attorney may be able to help an individual establish that he or she can provide for a child both emotionally and financially. This may show that a parent should be able to spend time with his or her child with few or no conditions. Legal counsel may also be helpful in compelling the other parent to abide by a child support or custody order if one already exists.

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