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Dwyane Wade, Siohvaughn Wade Divorce Finalized

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on June 25, 2010 5:53 PM

Divorce is painful for everyone, even the rich and famous. Well, no kidding. Maybe it is even more painful for the rich and famous because the nastiness that accompanies so many marital break-ups goes very, very public. If everyone from the HuffingtonPost to BlackSportsOnline is reporting on your divorce hearing, you know you have problems beyond that of the common man. Or woman.

As noted on the aforementioned online press outlets, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade received an order from the court on June 26, finalizing his contentious divorce from high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Wade. According to a report by the AP, Cook County Judge Marya Nega announced her expected decision finalizing the divorce.

All reports cite Siohvaughn Wade's attorney as saying he and his client, who did not appear in court today, intend to appeal the decision. According to the AP, Wade's attorney says the judge has finalized the divorce before financial issues and custody issues involving the couple's two sons have been resolved.

While it is not a common thing, parties can appeal a divorce decree. Since the appellate court values the finality and continuity provided by upholding a lower court's decision where possible, an appeal is not a simple thing to win. After the time and money spent in a difficult divorce, such as the Wade's, more of both will be necessary. In general, many states would look for a showing of fraud or misconduct relating to the settlement, or a mistake of law on the part of the lower court before agreeing to hear an appeal.

Another option for Siohvaughn Wade is to ask for an order modifying the decree. Since news reports say there continue to be issues of support and custody to be decided, it seems a modification of the decree would take place as soon as these issues are finalized, regardless.

A previous order by Judge Nega to allow temporary custody of the couple's two sons to Dwyane Wade will stand, for now.

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