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Judge decides child custody dispute in favor of Deion Sanders

Child custody matters are often challenging for Maryland couples going through divorce. The ongoing child custody dispute between NFL star Deion Sanders and his wife, Pilar, appears to have reached at least a temporary resolution. A jury recently returned a verdict in the child custody dispute, finding that Deion should be awarded full custody of the couple's two boys, and shared custody of their 9-year-old girl. Pilar's representative has already indicated that she plans to appeal the decision in hopes of gaining a more favorable outcome for herself.

Deion, on the other hand, indicated that he was pleased with the ruling. He did express regret that his children may have become 'casualties' in the contentious dispute between their parents. However, he also said that he was thankful for the jury's decision.

As a result, Deion now has the right to make decisions for his two sons as far as living arrangements, education, extracurricular and health matters go. Further, he will get to reach those types of decisions regarding his daughter on a joint basis with his estranged wife. Reports indicate that the financial terms of their divorce have yet to be fully resolved.

A child custody dispute like the one between Deion and Pilar Sanders can be difficult for Maryland parents to go through. However, it sometimes helps if divorcing couples can remember to put what is in the best interests of the children at the forefront of their minds. Additionally, researching a parent's rights and responsibilities when it comes to child custody can also help a parent as they deal with this type of dispute. By understanding what to expect, it can make the process seem less intimidating.

Source: New York Post, "Deion Sanders' estranged ex 'flabbergasted' over losing child custody," March 13, 2013

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