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NBA Star Dwyane Wade And Ex-Wife Begin Child Custody Trial

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Chicago's own Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat star basketball player, returned to a Chicago courthouse on Wednesday to square off against ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade for custody of their two sons, according to USA Today.

The Illinois family law attorney appointed to represent the 8- and 3-year-old boys filed a pretrial memo explaining the recommendations he plans to make at trial, including a suggestion that Siohvaughn Wade agree to "extensive therapy."

The trial is expected to last until about Sept. 20; Dwyane Wade is expected to report to the Miami Heat training camp on Sept. 28.

Lester Barclay, the boys' attorney, stated his intention "based on the best interests of my clients, the minor children" to petition in favor of Dwyane Wade being awarded custody. While the court is not obligated to follow the suggestions of the minor children's attorney, it usually carries some weight in such decisions.

Specifically, Lester Barclay is recommending that the 2006 NBA finals MVP be awarded primary residential custody, joint custody with at least one of the boys attending school near his residence or sole custody. He was awarded "physical possession" of the boys in June after a Chicago judge granted agreed that Dwyane Wade's visitation with his sons had been "frustrated on an ongoing basis as a result of continual interference" by Siohvaughn Wade.

The court cited three separate instances where Dwyane Wade's ex-wife made sudden alterations to his visitation schedule. Siohvaughn Wade, meanwhile, made claims that he abused their children while they were in his custody; her claims were not substantiated.

The estranged couple's divorce was finalized in June but child custody and financial matters still have to be decided.

Child custody cases are difficult for everyone involved, especially the children. Most parties to a custody dispute benefit from the representation of a Chicago family law attorney.

Related Resources:

  • Overview: Types of Child Custody (FindLaw)
  • Call a Divorce Attorney in Chicago (FindLaw)
  • Five Tips on Child Custody and Visitation (FindLaw's Law & Daily Life Blog)

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