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Basketball star in child custody dispute with ex

Maryland residents may have heard that basketball star Dwyane Wade is back in the legal system regarding allegations that his ex-wife attempted to abduct their children. According to reports, Wade was awarded child custody of the couple's two sons in 2011.

Wade's ex-wife was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, interfering with visitation, and resisting arrest when law enforcement came to her home to retrieve the children. All the charges are said to be misdemeanors.

Wade requested that the court suspend his ex-wife's visitation with their children and demanded that future visitation be supervised. This all comes after the couple faced a dramatic and contentious battle in the courtroom leading to Wade's custody. According to reports, on Saturday, June 16, Wade's sister was unsuccessful in reaching the children's mother by telephone when she was supposed to pick them up, leading to police being called to the home.

Both boys were safely playing in the backyard of the home when police arrived. The boy's mother resisted police, reportedly flailing her arms and later complained of having an asthma attack and a broken arm for which she demanded treatment. She was released from the hospital with no signs of any injuries. She alleges that she was outside near the pool with the boys and had turned her phone off. The child custody issues are scheduled to be addressed in court.

Child custody cases can be dramatic and sometimes emotions boil over, leading to parents becoming embroiled in additional complications outside the parental arrangements. Maryland couples who are working through the child custody process may benefit from open communication about each party's wishes, as well as always considering first and foremost the best interests of any children involved. Having the right amount of support and understanding may be the key ingredient for a successful arrangement, but when nothing seems to resolve persistent issues detrimental to the children, the court will likely step in and take control.

Source: Reuters, "Dwyane Wade asks court to suspend ex-wife's child visits," Andrew Stern, June 19, 2012

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