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Judge puts the heat on Heat star's wife in custody dispute

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will not be playing in the Olympics this time around, but he and his ex-wife continue to compete for control of their two children. The boys, ages 10 and 5, were at the center of another court hearing this week in the couple's two-years-and-counting custody battle. After hearing testimony from several witnesses, the judge has ordered a temporary modification to the visitation arrangement the basketball player and his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, worked out last year.

The dispute stems from a failure to deliver the boys to a scheduled handoff. In a plan arranged by a mediator and agreed to by both parties, Wade's sister arrived at Funches-Wade's home at noon on June 16. She was there to pick up the boys and take them to the airport. They would then fly to Miami to be with their father on Father's Day and to watch the NBA championship game that night.

Wade's sister knocked and phoned, but there was no reply. After spending almost eight hours trying to locate the boys and their mother, she contacted her sister and the mediator, and they agreed she should call the sheriff. When deputies arrived, a neighbor helped them get into Funches-Wade's house; they found the boys and their mother in the backyard. The boys left with their aunt, and Funches-Wade was arrested. She now faces charges of attempted child abduction, unlawful visitation interference and resisting arrest.

The hearing this week was in response to Wade's emergency petition to suspend his ex-wife's visitation rights or to allow only supervised visitation until she undergoes a medical exam. Funches-Wade did not testify, choosing instead to exercise her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Her attorney, however, said the incident was merely a misunderstanding.

We will finish this up in our next post.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Judge orders Dwyane Wade's ex-wife to shift visits with kids to Florida," Jennifer Delgado, June 26, 2012

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