Maryland sports fans may have been following the ongoing child custody drama of Deion Sanders and his ex-wife. The couple has three children together.
The custody dispute recently boiled over into an alleged attack on Sanders in their $5.7 million family home, which resulted in assault charges for both of them. A court has since ruled that the woman’s wounds resulted from Sanders acting in self-defense, according to a news report.
Sanders’ ex-wife apparently entered the home and attacked him, at least in part, because she was upset that she had not seen her son in three days. According to reports, the woman had started to slap Sanders so he grabbed her and carried her out of the room. At that point, the ex-wife and a female friend of hers started hitting Sanders.
After the attack, Sanders posted comments on Twitter describing his version of the event. He even posted pictures of his children filling out police reports against their mother, although he has since removed the photos.
The court decided to temporarily make Sanders the custodial parent at this stage, pending a full custody hearing. The court has also ordered that the children undergo psychological counseling.
After the attack, Sanders obtained a protective order against the mother. Because her attack did not physically harm Sanders or cause him pain, she only had to pay a fine for her assault conviction.
The ex-wife had sought a protective order against Sanders as well, but the court did not find it necessary.
It is very important that those who are in the midst of custody disputes work with their legal counsel to come up with an arrangement that is in the best interests of the children. Such disputes can be very emotional, but it is wise to remember that a judge will rule in favor of the child’s interests.