Many Maryland residents may be struggling with the challenges of dealing with child custody and visitation during or following a hotly contested dissolution of marriage in court. Unfortunately, children are sometimes used as pawns when a contentious divorce action is pending in court. This type of behavior is strongly discouraged and the perpetrators of such behavior frequently face harsh penalties in court.
Dwayne Wade, an NBA superstar who plays for the Miami Heat, and his wife engaged in a very high-profile custody dispute last month in the midst of the NBA finals.
The two were divorced in 2010 and after contentious litigation surrounding a custody dispute, Wade was awarded primary custody of the couple’s children in 2011.
His ex-wife did have visitation rights, but over Father’s Day weekend she allegedly tried to kidnap the two children, prompting Wade to ask a judge to temporarily suspend his ex-wife’s visitation rights.
According to a court filing, arrangements had been made for Wade to take the boys from their mother’s house to spend Father’s Day with him. However, when Wade’s sister went to pick the boys up as scheduled, no one opened the door for her. She then apparently called the police, who found the boys inside the home.
It appears that the mother attempted to flee the home when the police arrived. She has now been charged with two counts of child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference, and one count of resisting arrest.
Although Maryland residents may not be dealing with the kind of behavior that is alleged to have occurred here, it is often very difficult to separate the highly emotional elements that accompany a contested custody dispute with the need to remain responsible for the benefit of the children.
The parent who is awarded primary custody and the non-custodial parent must do everything they can to honor the visitation arrangements that have been mutually agreed upon or ordered in court. If modifications are necessary, it is important to talk to family law attorneys about how to accomplish this rather than taking things into your own hands.
Source: KFVS12 News, “Wade dealing with custody issue during Finals,” Tim Reynolds, June 19, 2012