Chris Brown’s Child Custody Battle Explained by Family Lawyer Scott Weston

July 27, 2015 – In The News
The Boombox

Scott N. Weston was featured in The Boombox article, “Chris Brown’s Child Custody Battle Explained by Family Lawyer Scott Weston.” Full text can be found in the July 27, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Scott N. Weston of Fox Rothschild LLP has been practicing law for 26 years. Chris Brown is 25 years of age. Considering Weston has more years experience in the industry than Brown has been alive, The Boombox interviewed Weston regarding Brown's recent child custody battle over his daughter with her mother, Nia Guzman. The Boombox posed a variety of questions to Weston focusing on different aspects of the child custody case such as split custody, child support and the chances that Brown has of winning the case.

What are the chances that a judge would grant Chris Brown equal custody of his daughter knowing his track record with the law — doing jail time, domestic violence — and considering his career as a music artist?

Scott Weston: I don’t know what his current custody arrangement is, but if he’s asking for 50/50 and has not been a 50/50 participant and he has the history that he has, then the court is going to do this custody hearing in a very slow process, which is going to involve him having to prove himself. I don’t know if he has monitored visitation right now, because I am not dealing with his case.

Chris Brown has stated that he has his daughter two weeks per month. But the financial matters come into play because the child’s mother is stating that she needs $4,000 per week or $15,000 per month in child support.

Here’s the thing, if you were to just look at a case from a standpoint that someone has done jail time, been convicted of domestic violence and they have not been primary caretaker, if those are the facts and there’s nothing else presented, then the odds are not great. The judge is going to give 50/50 initially and then there would be certain stages to get back into a position where it’s equal custody. However, he’s saying he has his daughter at least two weeks out of the month; we don’t know if that’s true or not, but if that is the pattern, then the court is not likely to change that pattern. The pattern would change if there is specific contact done by Chris that is injurious to the change or not in her best interest.

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