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Lakers Star Dwight Howard Settles Court Battle With Mother Of His Late Ex-Girlfriend Melissa Rios Over His Son David

Aug. 19 2021, Published 1:41 p.m. ET

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Dwight Howard has hashed out a confidential settlement with the mother of his late ex-girlfriend Melissa Rios which will bring an end to their nasty legal battle.

According to court documents obtained by Radar, Dwight informed the court the suit brought by Edelmira Rios had been resolved. The revelation was made during a hearing this month in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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The court minutes note, “The issues of custody and visitation are resolved.” All future hearings have been taken off the calendar.

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The agreement reached means both parties will avoid a trial, which was scheduled to go down early next year. As Radar previously reported, last year, Dwight’s ex Melissa died unexpectedly after suffering from an epileptic seizure.

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The NBA star was never married to his ex but they shared a son named David. A couple of months after Melissa’s death, Edelmira sued Dwight demanding she has a set visitation schedule with her grandson.

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At the time, Edelmira said David had been living with her in the months since Melissa’s death. She believed it would be in the best interest of the minor to spend time with her. The case dragged on for over a year until Dwight finally responded last month.

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He told the court David had been living with him in Georgia. He said when Melissa was alive they shared joint custody of David. He objected to the lawsuit brought by Edelmira saying it was unnecessary for the court to create a schedule.

The Lakers star said he had primary custody and had no problems allowing Edelmira to see David whenever she liked as long as it didn’t mess with his schooling.

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In recent docs, Dwight revealed he had been spending a ton of time with Edelmira and her family. He told the court he paid for David’s grandma to come to visit Georgia for a week and even visit her when they were in LA.

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Following Melissa’s passing, Dwight explained how hard it was dealing with her death, “I’ve had some things happen in my personal life that has been difficult to really handle. My son’s mom, she had passed away a month and a half ago and it’s extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son, who’s 6 years old, just about the whole situation.”

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