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NBA Star Dwyane Wade in Child Custody Battle with Ex

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on September 28, 2010 7:04 AM

The Dwyane Wade custody battle is getting ugly. The NBA star and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade reached a divorce settlement in early June, but the child custody issues are far from over. The high school sweethearts have two children together, Zaire, 8, and Zion, 2.

According to Black Voices, Wade is not only seeking full custody of his two sons, but also petitioned the court to force Siovaughn to undergo a full psychological evaluation. Wade claims that Siohvaughn has been "turning the boys against him" and also taking steps to ensure that he does not see his sons. For her part, Siohvaughn claims that Wade is not only a bad father but also accuses the basketball star of adultery, and giving her an STD during their marriage. Siohvaughn is currently on her tenth divorce attorney.

Wade, who has been relatively tight-lipped throughout the whole divorce, is finally speaking out. Black Voices quotes Dwyane Wade: "For more than two years, I have tried to make peace with Siohvaughn, concerning out divorce and custody of our kids. I no longer believe that's possible. Siohvaughn has consistently attempted to interrupt or prevent me from having visitation time with our boy. I feel our children's health and safety are at stake. Our two children are my priority."

Currently, Wade has been awarded temporary child custody by the Chicago judge presiding over their case. Sole custody is when one parent has the exclusive physical and legal rights concerning the children. Although rare, especially for men, this arrangement is usually granted when a judge finds the other parent to be incapable or unfit to have responsibility over the children. In the case of the Dwyane Wade custody battle, granting temporary sole custody is not necessarily indicative of the final outcome of the parenting arrangement. It will, however, be interesting to see how this battle ultimately plays out.

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