Celebrity hip-hop couple appear headed for custody dispute

Hip-hop fans in Minnesota may be familiar with Joseline Hernandez and Steven Aaron Jordan and their hit reality television series "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta". Hernandez delighted fans when she hinted that she was expecting her first child in a July 1 social media post, but hopes that the celebrity couple would be able to see beyond their differences were dashed when Jordan, who is also known as Stevie J, announced that he would seek full custody of the child if a paternity test identified him as the father.

According to media reports, the 45-year-old hip-hop star plans to seek custody because he fears that Hernandez does not have the kind of temperament needed to raise a child. The 30-year-old singer has a history of using drugs and alcohol, and Jordan is said to believe that even pregnancy has not curbed her appetite for partying. Hernandez indicated in the social media post that started the pregnancy rumors that she will limit her alcohol consumption to red wine while she is expecting.

Jordan adopted his position after Hernandez demanded that he submit to a paternity test, but not all of the couple's fans are convinced that their custody dispute is all that it seems. Hernandez and Jordan have been known to stoke the fires of internet controversy to raise the profile of their hit VH1 show, and their current disagreement has so far failed to move beyond social media platforms and celebrity gossip columns.

Even parents who disagree on most matters usually want the best for their children, but resolving child custody disputes amicably can still be a challenge. Attorneys with a background in family law may suggest an alternative method such as mediation when conventional negotiations fail, but they could also advocate in court on behalf of their clients when non-confrontational approaches have proven unsuccessful.

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