Miami Heat basketball star Dwayne Wade was granted temporary custody of his two sons last week by a Chicago judge, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Heat's marquee player, a South Side native, is in the midst of an ugly divorce and custody battle with estranged wife and high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Wade.
Specifically, the ruling grants Dwayne Wade "physical possession" of the boys in response to a request for an emergency order filed by his Illinois family law attorney alleging "continual interference" by his wife.
According to court records, Dwayne Wade's visitation schedules were altered at the last minute on three separate occasions, including one instance where Siohvaughn Wade allegedly refused to open the gate so he could pick the boys up.
Associate Judge Fe Fernandez wrote the following in the court order:
"The Court is troubled by the continuing pattern of [Siohvaughn Wade] to obey court orders when they go her way and disobey court orders when they do not."
Meanwhile, a judge told Siohvaughn Wade she needs to find her tenth divorce attorney in Chicago by the middle of June, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. All but one of her lawyers has terminated their relationship with the allegedly difficult client.
Dwayne is seeking full custody of his boys, ages 8 and 2. Although "full custody" is not a legal term, FindLaw explains how custody generally is broken down into physical custody and legal custody. Sole physical and legal custody of children is rare, however.
It will be interesting to see how this case plays out, given the travel demands and time commitment of professional sports.
Divorce attorneys in Chicago and elsewhere are skilled at convincing the court that their client is better able to meet the needs of the children than the other spouse when seeking custody, which according to FindLaw is the main consideration.