In the latest development of the custody battle between former couple Ime Udoka and Nia Long, it has been reported that Udoka has responded to Long’s request for full custody of their 11-year-old son, Kez. The couple, who split in December after dating for 13 years, has been embroiled in a legal dispute over the custody arrangements for their child.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Ime Udoka opposes Nia Long’s request for full, primary custody of Kez. Instead, the 46-year-old former NBA player is seeking joint “legal and physical” custody of their son. Udoka also reportedly wants to be granted visitation rights to spend time with Kez.
Ime Udoka Responds to Nia Long’s Request
Furthermore, Udoka has opposed Long’s request for him to cover her attorneys’ fees, which suggests that the legal battle between the two parties may continue to escalate.
Nia Long, an accomplished actor, had initially filed a petition with the Los Angeles Superior Court in August, seeking “sole physical and legal custody” of Kez. In her filing, Long accused Udoka of failing to support their child.
The details of Long’s filing
Long also requested that the court grant Udoka “reasonable visitation” rights that would be in the best interest of their son. The details of Long’s filing, as well as Udoka’s response, indicate that both parties are determined to fight for what they believe is in Kez’s best interest.
The former couple’s split in December was preceded by allegations of infidelity on Udoka’s part. In September 2022, it was revealed that Udoka had engaged in an “intimate relationship” with a female staff member of the Boston Celtics, where he was working as head coach at the time.
The custody battle between Ime Udoka and Nia Long underscores the challenges faced by many couples who find themselves in similar situations. The wellbeing and best interests of the child are often at the forefront of these legal disputes, as each parent seeks to secure a favorable custody arrangement.
As the legal proceedings continue, it remains to be seen how the court will rule on the custody arrangements for Kez. The outcome of this case will have a significant impact on the lives of all involved parties and will shape the future co-parenting dynamic between Ime Udoka and Nia Long.
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