In a court filing, the singer's wife disputes his claim that they've been separated since last year – and insists they were intimate earlier this month

By Linda Marx
July 02, 2009 05:00 PM
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Tameka Foster Raymond finds it strange and surprising that her R&B star husband, Usher, filed for divorce on June 12. In court papers filed Monday at the Superior Court in Fulton County, Ga., she says they were “intimately together as husband and wife as recently as June 6.”

The pleadings also dispute the singer’s claim that they have been separated since July 2008. Tameka, 38, filed that she “had every reason to believe her marriage was intact.”

“This document speaks for itself,” Randy Kessler, Tameka’s Atlanta-based lawyer tells PEOPLE. “We want to resolve this case privately without going to trial.”

Elsewhere in the filing, Tameka asked the court to guarantee that Usher continues to support her and their sons, 18-month-old Usher Raymond V, and 6-month-old Naviyd Ely, as well as pay all of her legal fees.

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In a separate pleading filed in the case more than a week ago, Usher asked his wife to turn over her personal financial, real estate, tax and other legal papers.

“Usher has asked us for 29 documents which will be an out-of-pocket expense for Tameka to produce,” says Kessler. “Since she is the main custodial parent of the children, she wants to be sure he continues to support the family during these divorce proceedings.”

In his initial divorce filing, Usher claimed the marriage of almost two years is “irretrievably broken”, and he has “no reasonable hope of reconciliation.” He seeks joint custody of his children. Raymond has 30 days to respond to his preliminary divorce filing.

“We have no further comment at this time but to say that Tameka has been a loyal and faithful wife who loves her children and wants the best for them,” says Kessler. “We are hoping to keep everything private.”

Usher, whose Body By Milk ad campaign was recently revealed, has been recording an upcoming album, which is due in October.

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