Legal Showdown Unfolds as Nia Long Serves Custody Papers to Ex Ime Udoka’s $12k Rental!

Actress Nia Long and her ex-fiancé NBA coach Ime Udoka’s relationship now seems to boil down to legal paperwork.

Since their official breakup in December 2022 after he was caught in a romantic scandal with a co-worker, the two have moved out and moved on.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 27: Actress Nia Long attends a career retrospective for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations at SAG-AFTRA Foundation on June 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)

Long, who is worth about $9 million, bought a $3.7 million mansion in Hollywood Hills Oasis at the end of last year when the couple broke up. Meanwhile, her ex, who has a net worth of $6 million, is living in a $12,000 a month luxury rental when the now-Houston Rockets coach is in Los Angeles. And, it was there, as RadarOnline recently reported, that he was served with legal documents over the custody of the former couple’s 11-year-old son, Kez Sunday Long Udoka.

The Legal Battle

In August, nearly eight months after their split, Long filed a “Petition to Determine Parental Relationship” at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Not long afterward she had Udoka served at his luxury rental in L.A.

In that filing, Long requested that the court establish Udoka as their son’s father as he had “failed to support” their son.

Long wants primary legal and physical custody of their son. In her filing, Long requested that Udoka have “reasonable visitation consistent with the child’s best interest.” She also requested child support, arguing that Udoka has not supported Kez financially since their split. 

Udoka recently filed his own papers, and in his response to Long the retired NBA player is requesting joint physical and legal custody of Kez. In addition, he is asking that they each cover their individual attorneys’ fees.

A Public Affair And A Nasty Breakup 

Long and Udoka began dating in 2009. By 2015 the couple announced their engagement. But when ESPN broke the news that Udoka had an affair with a woman who worked within the Boston Celtics organization, the couple’s relationship became rocky. 

As Finurah previously reported, in December 2022, Long announced that she was no longer in a relationship with Udoka. Through a press statement, Long said, they were “No longer together but remain fully committed to co-parenting their son.”

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