Reality Star Exes Embroiled In Custody Suit Over Baby Bonnie Bella
A concerned family court judge has ruled that a special investigator should help determine who is best suited to raise “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’s” Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez’s baby daughter.
Late last month, an Atlanta judge ordered a “guardian ad litem” to examine the lives, living conditions, mental health, and people close to the reality star exes in order to figure out who Bonnie Bella should live with.
The person, ID’d in court papers as Cherese Clark-Wilson, will have the right to inspect any legal, medical or social service agency records related to the family, as well as order the reality show parents to be drug tested and obtain psychiatric help.
The judge’s appointment comes after Joseline and Stevie accused the one another of abusing cocaine, and Stevie claimed Joseline attacked him when she was nine months pregnant. Both parents have asked for full custody of the baby, who is now nine months old.
The guardian ad litem’s job is to represent baby Bonnie Bella’s best interests – not her parents -and will eventually report her findings to the judge on their case.
And if Stevie J and Joseline’s case ends up going to trial, the guardian ad litem will have the powers of an official of the court to testify as an expert on the family’s dynamics.
If either side decides not to cooperate with the guardian, she has the authority to tell the courts and it can be used against them later on. Joseline and Stevie also have to pony up $3,500 in upfront fees for the guardian, as well as an additional hourly rate of $200.