Jennifer Hudson, from “The Voice,” and her ex-fiancé, David Otunga, have called it quits. Although the couple never married, but remained engaged for nine years, they have an 8-year-old son, David Jr., who is about to be caught in a custody battle, it appears. Otunga, a former wrestler, says he intends to fight for primary custody of their child.
Hudson, who returned back to work this week at The Voice,” has filed for a restraining order against Otunga. The order was granted. Allegedly, the couple’s breakup has been in the works for several months. According to Otunga’s attorney, the former wrestler has tried to negotiate a parental agreement with Hudson, and her Petition for Order of Protection is meritless. However, according to a rep for Hudson, the singer is only acting in the best interests of the child.
This case looks like it will be a “he said, she said” ongoing dispute. Hudson claims the former wrestler has been aggressive towards her and her son. Otunga denies the allegations. Both of these celebrities likely have the funds to drag this custody battle out in the courts. Unfortunately, that will not be the best thing for the child.
Connecticut courts used to lean more on the side of the mother when it came to granting physical custody, with visitation rights granted to fathers. The focus now is on whatever is in the best interest of the child’s wellbeing. This should be the basis for the arguments that the attorneys will need to make in order to win residential custody of the child for their client.
Source: US Magazine, “Jennifer Hudson Returns to “The Voice” for Live Taping After the Split News,” Stephanie Webber, Nov. 21, 2017