Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade won custody of his two children, ending a long court battle. On Friday, Wade’s sons, Zaire and Zion, arrived in Miami. They previously lived in Chicago with Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn. Wade told the Associated Press that it was a “huge weight” off his back. Thats crazy cause the courts almost never give custody to the man unless the mother is a really unfit parent.
“My life changed in a huge way,” Wade told the AP. “Mentally, I’ve been preparing for it for over a year now. To me, it’s bigger than that. For me, it shows a lot of people that you need to fight to be in your kids’ lives sometimes. You fight until you can’t fight any more. That’s all I was trying to be, a father in his kids’ lives.”
Wade and his ex-wife separated in August of 2007. After the divorce was finalized, he sought custody of the children. Siohvaughn Wade, will have “regular parenting time” on alternating weekends in Miami. The sons will be allowed to visit Chicago on certain holidays, including Mother’s Day.
Dwyane is currently in a relationship with Gabrielle Union. Siovaughn Wade, the estranged wife of Wade filed two lawsuits in Chicago last year. One of the suits was against actress Gabrielle Union who she says broke up her marriage. Wade said he still wants the boys’ mother to be a part of their life.
“I’m not going to say, ‘OK, I won,’” Wade said. “I think them living here, being here, it’s a great opportunity for them and I’m looking forward to it for them, to grow up with me and us learning together, how to be father-son. So I’m excited.”
The court called the decision “very difficult, but the ruling read it had “grave reservations about (Siovaughn Wade’s) ability and/or willingness to ease these children though a transition.”
“I am very thankful that the court has given me custody of my boys and they are already at home with me in Miami and settling in,” Wade said in a statement.
“Going through a custody trial was difficult and I wish it hadn’t been necessary, but, I felt it was the only way that I could continue to play an active part of my kids’ lives and provide them with a happy and stable home. My hope is that their mother will also choose to play a healthy role in their lives and we can all move on from this in a positive way.”
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