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Jury reaches decision in Deion Sanders custody battle

Tampa residents who have been through or are in the middle of a child custody battle understand the emotional toll the proceedings can take. A court is left to determine what is in your child's best interest, and it can be difficult to relinquish control. The decision will determine the amount of time you spend with your child, whether you have physical or legal custody, and will greatly impact your future.

Recently, the ongoing child custody dispute between former Dallas Cowboy NFL player Deion Sanders and his wife who is estranged came to a conclusion. Jurors in the case returned a verdict for the couple's three children. While the parents will share custody of their older daughter, Sanders won full custody of their two younger sons. Sanders will have the right to make decisions regarding the boys' education, primary residence and other important matters, and will share the decisions with his estranged wife when making decisions for their daughter. The court will make a ruling in regard to visitation rights. Since 2011, the couple's custody battle had become quite public and messy with police reports, arrests, claims of abuse and criminal mischief. While the jury came to a decision, it may not be the end of this battle, as Pilar Sanders intends to appeal the ruling.

Child custody undoubtedly stirs the emotions of every parent. There is a lot at stake and much to lose at a hearing. Moreover, dealing with your ex-spouse can be very challenging and lead ordinarily calm individuals to lose their cool. The first step in the custody process is a determination of which parent will get custody. It can be shared, or it can be given to just one parent. The tone of the proceedings will be significantly different when parents can agree to an arrangement, versus cases like Sanders, where the court is forced to intervene. While there are many elements that a judge considers when determining custody, the underlying objective is to find a solution that will be in the child's best interest.

Deion Sanders Gets Custody of Sons, Shares Custody of Daughter

A North Texas jury has awarded Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders primary custody of his two sons by estranged wife, Pilar, pending the couple's divorce. The Collin County jury also awarded joint custody of their daughter, but the former Dallas Cowboys star can decide where she lives.

Child custody battles can be overwhelming and emotionally draining. It is important to remember that your actions and behavior in court is being watched. An attorney can determine how best to proceed, as well as give you helpful overview on custody proceedings.

Source: NBCDFW.com, "Deion Sanders Gets Sole Conservatorship of Sons, Joint Conservatorship of Daughter," March 13, 2013

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