Many Florida readers will recall the bitter and lengthy divorce between former NFL star Deion Sanders and his wife Pilar Sanders. The couple fought at length over the custody of their three children. In the end, Deion was given full custody rights, with Pilar granted visitation. The pair were back in court again recently, when Pilar failed to adhere to the parenting schedule laid out by the court.
Florida residents know that divorce is stressful, but it can be especially difficult when a couple is facing media inquiries and negative publicity during the divorce process. A banker with the Jefferies Group, Sage Kelly, is currently in the process of a divorce from his wife. Facing serious and public accusations from her concerning drug and alcohol abuse, he resigned from his position as a prominent investment banker.
According to 2014 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of all U.S. births are to unmarried mothers. In an October blog post, we discussed how an unwed mother is automatically granted sole primary and legal custody of a child. This is true even in cases where the child's mother and father are in a committed relationship and living together.
The holidays are traditionally a time when families come together to celebrate and participate in annual traditions. The holidays are often especially important to children who eagerly anticipate having time off of school and spending time with family and friends. For parents who are recently divorced or going through a divorce, the holiday season can stir up many difficult emotions.
Many in Florida have followed the divorce case between billionaire Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm. Filed in 2012, the divorce was recently made final. However, the story may not be over, as Sue Ann Hamm is planning to appeal the court's decision, which awarded her nearly $1 billion is cash and various other assets.