Florida Miami Heat guard in visitation dispute with ex-wife

In most situations, divorced parents have a right see their children. However, bitter and contentious divorces can lead to visitation disputes where children are used as leverage.

A recent celebrity divorce in Florida provides an example. After a long, contentious divorce and custody battle, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was awarded sole custody of his 2 sons, while his ex-wife was given visitation rights. However, the former wife abused those visitation rights in a recent incident, when she refused to return the children, causing them to miss their flight back to Florida. Local authorities charged the former spouse with child abduction and visitation interference. Mr. Wade's attorneys also filed paperwork to suspend her visitation rights, but a judge ruled that her visitation can continue, provided that she travels to Florida to exercise that right.

What this story demonstrates is that managing visitation schedules is not easy. Both parents can play an integral role in the lives of their children. Indeed, most family law courts in Florida regard dual parenting to be in the best interest of a child. However, custody battles, visitation schedules (sometimes requiring pick-ups and drop-offs at remote locations), accusations of visitation interference, and other charges can impact the actual time a parent gets to spend with his or her child. For that reason, drafting and agreeing to any visitation agreement must be done judiciously, with the assistance of an attorney.

Despite a couple's best efforts to draft a fair and equitable visitation schedule, legal action may sometimes be required. In such event, an attorney can ensure your visitation rights are protected.

Source: WLS-TV, "Judge: Dwyane Wade's ex-wife must go to Florida for child visitation," Karen Jordan, July 9, 2012

• Our firm handles situations similar to the one discussed in this post. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our Child Custody page.

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