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Lamar Odom's ex leaves for Las Vegas days before they were to face-off in New York court

  • Liza Morales and her two children with Lamar Odom left New York for Las Vegas this evening where Lamar is fighting for his life
  • They have been battling over custody and child support issues for years and were due in court on October 22 
  • They were engaged at one point but were never married
  • Liza and Lamar were together for a decade - they met in high school - and have two children Destiny, 17, and Lamar Jr, 13
  • A third child, son Jayden, died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) at six months
  • 'I don't think I'll forget the tight knot I felt in the pit of my stomach,' she wrote of day Lamar texted her to say he was marrying Khloe Kardashian

By Martin Gould For Dailymail.com

Published: 16:11 EST, 14 October 2015 | Updated: 01:07 EST, 15 October 2015

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Lamar Odom was scheduled to appear in a New York City civil court next week in his nasty, years-long legal battle over custody and child support with his baby mama Liza Morales.

It brings into question whether or not the upcoming trial was one of the factors that played into the former basketball great being found unconscious on Tuesday at the Bunny Ranch in Nevada.

But Morales,36, and their two children Destiny, 17, and Lamar Jr., 13, along with the aunt that raised Lamar left their Queens, New York home this evening to fly to Las Vegas, where Lamar is fighting for his life.

 

Odom is fighting for his life after a 'crack-cocaine and opiate-fueled' weekend at a Nevada brothel, with sources now saying that his collapse may have been sparked by the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians.

The 35-year-old had been at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, for days partying. 

Owner Dennis Hof said Odom began foaming at the mouth and vomiting.

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Liza Morales and her two children with Lamar Odom left New York for Las Vegas this evening where Lamar is fighting for his life

Liza Morales and her two children with Lamar Odom left New York for Las Vegas this evening where Lamar is fighting for his life

Lamar Odom arrives to attend a custody hearing at New York State Supreme Court
Liza Morales departs New York Supreme court after a custody hearing with ex-boyfriend NBA player Lamar Odom at New York State Supreme Court on March 5, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Lamar Odom and Liza Morales, the mother of Lamar's two children, arrive separately to attend a custody hearing at New York State Supreme Court in 2013. The battle has been going on for six years

Lamar and Liza met when they were in 9th grade at a Queens, New York high school and dated from 11th grade.  They were together for over a decade. 

Liza has said they bonded due to both coming from broken homes and they often spoke about marriage. They were engaged at one point, but Lamar would tell her NBA marriages don't last and they never married.

The two never got married despite having children together. Liza would later accuse him of having an affair with another women.

'I struggled to deal with all the groupies around him and with whatever else that was going on and just stayed put. My denial came to an abrupt end in 2006 after the death of Jayden,' she wrote in 2013.

Their third child, Jayden, died tragically when he was only six months old of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

'Lamar and I never really talked about our loss, which I know wasn’t healthy and also meant our relationship would never last. It couldn’t. I found out soon after that he’d had a long-term relationship with another woman—a relationship he said he’d end but he didn’t—and that was that.

'We kept things cordial for the children’s sake after the breakup, but that changed when he married Khloe.'

Lamar married Khloe Kardashian on September 27, 2009. 

'I don't think I'll forget the tight knot I felt in the pit of my stomach the morning I received the text message with three simple words on the screen. It read 'I'm getting married' and it was from the man I'd spent more than 10 years of my life with,' she wrote a few years later.

By that time the two only communicating through lawyers and third parties.

The legal battle has been going on for years with no real resolution taking place, insiders say likely due to Lamar's marriage, NBA career and his personal demons over the years. 

Lamar filed suit against Liza in New York in 2010, attempting to get a judge to sign off on an order for child support along with a custody schedule. 

Lamar Jr and Destiny
Lamar Jr and Destiny

Lamar Jr and Destiny kept their heads down as they entered the airport

Lamar's aunt Ja NeanMerecer, who helped raised Lamar in Queens, NY, leaves for the airport with Lamar's ex and their children

Lamar's aunt Ja NeanMerecer, who helped raised Lamar in Queens, NY, leaves for the airport with Lamar's ex and their children

The 'matrimonial' case was scheduled to go to trial on October 22nd in New York civil court after years of litigation between Lamar and Liza

The 'matrimonial' case was scheduled to go to trial on October 22nd in New York civil court after years of litigation between Lamar and Liza

The way they were: Lamar and Liza began dating when they were in 11th grade. They met in 9th grade at their Queens high school

The way they were: Lamar and Liza began dating when they were in 11th grade. They met in 9th grade at their Queens high school

Happier days: Liza and Lamar  have two children together Destiny, now 17, and Lamar Jr, now 13

Happier days: Liza and Lamar  have two children together Destiny, now 17, and Lamar Jr, now 13

On July 17 Lamar headed to court again, filing a 'motion to compel' against Liza. It's unclear what he was seeking from Morales as court records are sealed.

Liza filed court documents the same day: a motion for Pendente Lite Other. She was seeking a temporary order for custody, support or both from the judge pending the outcome of their courtroom trial.

It remains to be seen if Morales will be with her children - Destiny and Lamar Jr, 13, when they see their father, especially since she and Kardashian aren't on the best footing with each other.

And Destiny has her own issues with Kardashian. 'No one thought they were going to last, so honestly, who [cares],' she said at the time the reality star split with her dad, adding, 'I have him all to myself.

Despite the drama, Morales recently stated: 'Being cordial is always beneficial when children are involved.' 

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