A judge is reportedly leaning toward awarding Ciara and Future joint custody of their son Future Zahir Wilburn, who will turn two on Thursday, according to TMZ. Ciara has been lobbying for sole custody of their child, in addition to filing a $15 million defamation suit that is meant to keep her name out dad Future’s mouth and mentions of baby Future off social media.
Since the suit was filed this year, dad Future has made a number of disparaging comments about his ex, and has suggested that Ciara is attempting to keep him away from baby Future. TMZ reports that a California judge had little sympathy for Ciara and her lawyer’s argument:
Sources connected to the former couple say Ciara showed up in court asking for sole custody of their 1-year-old son, baby Future. She claimed Future was a bad parent who was not present in the child’s life. We’re told she and her lawyer also trash talked Future to the judge, saying he was a bad person.
For his part, Future showed up and asked for joint custody, and the judge was squarely on his side, rejecting her arguments.
As TMZ notes, California courts generally favor joint custody in cases such as this. But under state law, joint legal custody simply dictates that both parents will have equal say in the welfare of the child, and does not necessarily mean that the parents have equal time with the child. Generally, depending on how the judge rules, joint custody could mean anything from a mutual decision on where baby Future will go to school to a ruling preventing Ciara from moving too far away from dad Future.
Baby Future is Ciara’s first child and Future’s fourth; he has two daughters with ex-girlfriends Jessica Smith and India J, and another son with Brittni Mealy. Ciara announced her engagement to Russell Wilson in March.