Wishing something not to happen won’t necessarily stop it from happening. That is all too true when it comes to divorce.
All too often the proceeding becomes complicated and nasty, especially in the case of celebrities.
Such is the case of Miami Heat basketball star Dwayne Wade and Siohvaughn Wade, his high school sweet heart. They are currently locked into a nasty divorce which recently spilled over on Wade’s Hollywood girlfriend Gabrielle Union.
Last week, Siohvaughn Wade filed a lawsuit in Chicago contending that her estrange hubby’s relationship with the actress was causing the couple’s sons emotional distress, alleging, for example, that Wade and Union “engaged in sexual foreplay” in front of the boys. Both Wade and Union shot back denying the allegations by labeling the lawsuit “baseless and meritless.”
Siohvaughn Wade is making Dwayne’s world a complete hell. According to James Pritikin, Mr. Wade’s attorney, Siohvaughn Wade has repeatedly thwarted Dwyane Wade’s efforts to visit his children or talk with them on the phone. Pritikin said she even once called police when Dwyane Wade showed up at the couple’s Miami home to pick them up, falsely telling officers there was a warrant out for the basketball player’s arrest.
Dwayne’s hell may be coming to the end of the road. The soon to be ex-Mrs. Dwayne Wade has hit a brick wall with the court which has had enough of her non complying behavior. The straw that broke the camel’s back came on Monday when Siohvaughn failed to show up for a Monday divorce hearing.
Chicago’s Cook County Circuit Judge Marya Nega ordered sheriff’s deputies to take Wade’s estranged wife into custody for her failure to appear.
The court has grown tired of what Judge Nega describes as a pattern of behavior by Siohvaughn Wade throughout the contentious divorce from Mr. Wade who is also a Chicago native.
“When things don’t go according to Mrs. Wade’s way all of a sudden the phone’s turned off,” said Nega, clearly exasperated when Siohvaughn Wade’s attorney explained she had not been able to reach her client.
Mr. Pritikin had planned to ask in Monday’s scheduled hearing that his client be given physical custody of the couple’s two boys, ages 8 and 2.
Pritikin has also requested that the judge orders the state’s attorney’s office to launch a criminal investigation. In court documents, his office said Siohvaughn Wade is “unstable, dishonest, and unbalanced,” and that more time with her “would seriously endanger the minor children’s physical, mental, moral and emotional health.”
Acknowledging Siohvaughn Wade’s refusal to comply with other court orders, Judge Nega said, Siohvaughn Wade has not followed an order to make sure the couple’s two children talk to their father every day. The Judge also noted the children were not at their Chicago school last week to be picked up by Dwyane Wade’s sister as ordered by the court.
Looking at what is in the best interest of the children, Judge Nega said her main concern was what the ongoing divorce was doing to the children and suggested she may order custody be given to Dwyane Wade.
“Maybe it’s time for the kids to go live with Dad for a month or two,” the judge said.
Nega said she would likely schedule a custody hearing for the summer, then deal with the rest of the case later.
In Siohvaughn Wade defense, Marsha Fisher, her attorney tried to take some blame for her failure to appear. Ms. Fisher said Mrs. Wade had learned Fisher had been in a car accident and apparently thought she did not have to show up in court.
“The fact that you had a car accident does not excuse Mrs. Wade not being here,” the judge said.
Unless the bench warrant is quashed, Siohvaughn Wade will have to post $10,000 bond to be released. It is expected that Mrs. Wade will be presented to the court today by her legal representation who will motion the judge to quash the bench warrant. Whether the judge will grant the relief depends on the reasonableness of Mrs. Wade’s failure to appear.
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