Mel B’s Husband Wants Visitation Right’s For Step Daughter
The divorce drama continues between Mel B and Stephen Belafonte. Reportedly, Stephen wants joint custody of the couple’s 5-year-old daughter Madison, which some say is expected. However, he also reportedly wants the legal right to maintain a relationship with Mel B’s 10-year-old daughter, Angel, whom she had with Eddie Murphy. According to a report,
Mel B now wants sole custody of Madison, which sets up a custody fight. But now sources connected with Belafonte tell us he will ask a judge for visitation rights for 10-year-old Angel. Belafonte believes he’s been the father in her life from birth – he married Mel B 2 months after she was born. Belafonte says Murphy has been a marginal presence in Angel’s life, and he’s been the stepdad. Under California law, a stepparent can get “reasonable visitation” if it’s in the best interests of the child.
On March 31st, Stephen’s lawyer wrote to Mel B’s lawyer:
Stephen would like to schedule a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the resolution of temporary issues including his ability to see Madison and Angel, whom we would appreciate continuing to have contact with.
Mel B and Stephen Belafonte married in 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In March 2017, Mel B filed for divorce from Stephen. The couple separated in December 2016.