Judge: Dwyane Wade's ex-wife must go to Florida for child visitation

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is seen in this AP file photo. Inset photo: Siohvaughn Funches-Wade.

July 9, 2012 2:46:59 PM PDT
It was one of the longest custody trials in Cook County history, resulting in Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade being awarded sole custody of his two sons. But Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade continue to be at odds over visitation arrangements.

Both parties returned to court Monday over an incident that happened Father's Day weekend.

Funches-Wade found out there has been a change in visitation arrangements with her two sons, ages 10 and 5.

The change stems from an incident last month where she reportedly refused for several hours to return the children to ex-husband Dwyane Wade's sister, who was taking them back to Florida for Father's Day.

Dwyane Wade's attorney sought to suspend visitation rights of the basketball star's ex-wife after her arrest. But Monday, a judge ruled her visits can continue, but for the next four months she must go to Florida to see them.

"I'm not exactly sure how either of my children are doing right now, because I'm still yet to have a conversation with them that's uninterrupted since that day," said Funches-Wade.

Funches-Wade was arrested following the incident and charged with child abduction, visitation interference and resisting arrest.

Her attorney says the fact that police got involved is indicative of the fact that it is a high profile custody case.

"It's not typical that the police or the sheriff would get involved in those types of things," said attorney Michael Haber. "In fact, even a missing person report, the police don't do anything for 24 hours."

Dwyane Wade's attorney says his client still wants his former wife in the children's lives despite the contentious relationship.

"Mr. Wade has never really wanted to prevent his children from seeing their mother," said James Pritikin, Dwyane Wade's attorney. "He has done everything to encourage it and continues to do everything to encourage it."

The attorney for Siohvaughn Funches-Wade is seeking to be removed from the case. He has represented her for two years. Before that, she had been represented by five different law firms. A judge will rule on the matter next week.