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NBA Star Dwight Howard's Ex Asks For Visitation Guardian

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Orlando Magic basketball star Dwight Howard is the subject of complaints by ex-girlfriend and mother of his baby Royce Reed, according to celebrity news and gossip site TMZ. She said her ex regularly flakes out on scheduled visitations with their 2-year-old son and wants the court to appoint someone to supervise him whenever he has custody of their child.

Royce Reed, a former NBA dancer who was once slated to appear on the VH1 reality series "NBA Wives," claims Dwight Howard regularly misses visitations and is a deadbeat. You don't need an Illinois family law attorney to tell you that missing scheduled visitations doesn't help your case when revisiting custody arrangements in court.

The NBA star's ex has asked the court to appoint a guardian (on Dwight Howard's dime, of course) to keep tabs on him and make sure he sticks with their agreement.

Royce Reed allegedly called the police when she learned that Dwight Howard was planning to pick up their son from day care on Aug. 26, according to an earlier TMZ story. Since it wasn't his day to pick him up, she reportedly arrived at the day care center to confront him but Dwight Howard and his son had left.

He told police that he and Royce Reed inked a new visitation agreement giving him the right to pick up his son that day. However, officers later learned that the agreement was verbally discussed but never signed and then ordered him to take his son back to the day care center.

One of Royce Reed's spokespersons thanked the authorities for their swift response and, although it may have little more than displaced anger, offered the following statement about their son:

"[The child] was seriously traumatized by the unlawful actions of Dwight and his staff, and Royce will rely upon the Courts to prevent future incidents from occurring."

Was this just another high-profile child custody meltdown among celebrities or was there something more?

Related Resources:

  • Child Visitation FAQ (FindLaw)
  • Consult with a Divorce Attorney in Chicago (FindLaw)
  • Divorce Papers: Jennifer Freeman Attacked NBA Star Husband (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice Blog)


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