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Child custody dispute may be headed to court for Nas and Kelis

Sometimes a child custody dispute can be handled simply and amicably between two Mississippi parents. Other times, however, child custody disputes can drag on for years. The example of one musical ex-couple shows how a child custody dispute can sometimes go on and on and on.

Rapper Nas and singer Kelis divorced in 2010. Last month, Nas sought a court order establishing a custodial plan for their 8-year-old son. According to papers filed with the court, Nas said he had tried to resolve the matter with his ex-wife but she had not responded to his attempts to create an appropriate custodial plan for their son. Nas proposed a custody plan where he would have parenting time on the first, third and fifth weekends of every month.

Shortly after Nas's filing with the court, Kelis responded with her own filing. She requested a court hearing where she could testify. She indicated that her busy schedule made it difficult to prepare for the scheduled hearing.

Courts take the best interests of the children into account when they decide on a child custody plan. These best interests are not static; they can change from time to time. This means that a child custody plan is never set in stone. It can change when the circumstances of the children or their parents change.

When circumstances do change, parents will want to be ready to take action to make sure their children's custody plan reflects these changes. Family law attorneys can help parents with knowledge and advocacy.

Source:, "Kelis Responds to Nas Child Custody Filing, Wants to Go to Court," Sarah Hearon, Jan. 4, 2018

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