New reports suggest that the warring spouses could have another difficult hurdle on their hands

Mel B’s split from estranged husband Stephen Belafonte has become one of the most shocking stories of the year so far, with claims of abusive behaviour, a restraining order as well as some strong words from Mel’s family.

And unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if the drama will be coming to an end any time soon – as it’s been claimed that they could both ‘lose their children’ as social services take a closer look into their family life.

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Reports from the Daily Star suggest that following a raid of Stephen’s California home, the LA Department for Children and Family would have been alerted – and could possibly launch an investigation into the family unit.

Mel, 36, gave birth to her and Stephen’s daughter Madison in 2011 – and she also has daughters Angel, 10, and 18-year-old Phoenix Chi from relationships with Eddie Murphy and ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar.

In papers submitted to the court in late March, Mel – full name Melanie Brown – stated that she wanted full custody of Madison as she feared for her safety in the difficult environment described; her custody request was granted on Monday 4th April.

In the document, the Spice Girls star states: ‘emotional and physical abuse… in the presence of the minor child is tantamount to abuse of the minor child’ before claiming that her reasons for not leaving sooner were due to threats of violence:

‘I have tried to leave the Respondent many times. Every time I tried, the Respondent threatened me with violence.’

The Spice Girl married husband Stephen Belafonte in 2008 (Photo: Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock)

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Film producer Stephen has denied all allegations of abuse, deeming Mel’s words ‘outrageous’.

‘It’s a shame that Ms Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter,’ reads a statement from Stephen Belafonte’s legal spokespeople.

‘In due course, Mr Belafonte will be filing his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies.’