Public Airing Of Private Child Custody Disagreements

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 17, 2013

He’s paid to share insights on our St. Louis Rams and the rest of the NFL, but he might also eventually be asked to pay his estranged wife alimony and share child custody with her after their divorce. He’s Hall of Fame cornerback and football analyst Deion Sanders, and he and his estranged wife, Pilar, recently learned that neither of them is getting the full custody they each sought prior to the divorce.

The two will share custody at least until a final custody arrangement is issued with the divorce.

The couple has three children, ranging in ages from nine to 12.

Sanders played pro football for 14 seasons, with stops in Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington and Baltimore. He works now as an NFL Network analyst.

His estranged wife lists herself as “actress, mother, fitness maven” on her website. She has appeared in several TV series and also had a successful modeling career.

Last spring, she told law enforcement authorities that her husband had been physically abusive. He countered that she had been the attacker in the incident. A judge ruled later that neither one had committed domestic violence.

Their divorce trial is scheduled for March.

Another TV celebrity is involved in a custody battle: Bethenny Frankel. She recently filed for divorce from her husband of two years.

The former member of the cast of “Real Housewives of New York” and current focus of “Bethenny Ever After” is asking for primary physical custody of the couple’s two-year-old daughter.

She’s also asking for child support.

Forbes magazine recently reported that the reality TV performer earned $12 million last year. It’s not known what her real estate businessman husband, Jason Hoppy, made in 2012.

Frankel said not long ago in a statement that the couple would continue to “co-parent” their little girl, but it isn’t clear if that sentiment holds today.

While these couples’ private disputes spill into the public arena, their concerns in a divorce are similar to everyone else’s. They, too, want an attorney who understands their concerns and can help them get what’s best for their children.

Source: Associated Press, “Deion Sanders, wife to share custody,” Jan. 17, 2013

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