Monday saw another bizarre turn in the child custody case involving Dwyane Wade and his estranged wife Siohvaughn.
The couple, which has a divorce proceeding scheduled for September, was to appear in Chicago’s Cook County Circuit Court this morning to address the custody arrangement of their two-year-old and eight-year-old boys.
After Siohvaughn didn’t show for the morning hearing, Judge Marya Nega gave the mother of Dwyane Wade’s children an afternoon deadline to appear in court or face jail time. When that afternoon deadline passed, Nega ordered the Cook County Sheriff’s Dept. take Mrs. Wade into custody.
From the CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
Siohvaughn Wade will have to post $10,000 bond to be released, . The sheriff’s department couldn’t immediately say when the order would be carried out.
Nega said she was tired of what she called a pattern of behavior by Siohvaughn Wade throughout her contentious divorce from the basketball player and Chicago native.
“When things don’t go according to Mrs. Wade’s way all of a sudden the phone’s turned off,” said Nega, clearly exasperated when Siohvaughn Wade’s attorney explained she had not been able to reach her client.
Dwayne Wade’s attorney had planned to ask Monday that his client be given physical custody of the couple’s two boys, ages 8 and 2.
Judge Nega noted Mrs. Wade’s refusal to comply to her past orders, which included making sure the two boys talked to their father daily and that they were available last week for pickup by Dwyane Wade’s sister.
“Maybe it’s time for the kids to go live with Dad for a month or two,” the judge said.
After Dwyane Wade’s attorney asked the court to order Siohvaughn to undergo a psychiatric evaluation last month, Mrs. Wade responded last week by filing a lawsuit against the girlfriend of Mr. Wade, Gabrielle Union.
In the new lawsuit Mrs. Wade charged that Union had engaged in “sexual foreplay” around the two children, in addition to other inappropriate behavior around the kids.
Once again today, Wade’s attorney James Pritkin asked the judge to order a psychiatric evaluation of Siohvaughn.
Pritikin told the judge Siohvaughn Wade has repeatedly thwarted Dwyane Wade’s efforts to visit his children or talk with them on the phone. Pritikin said she even once called police when Dwyane Wade showed up at the couple’s Miami home to pick them up, falsely telling officers there was a warrant out for the basketball player’s arrest.
Dwyane Wade was present at the two hearings today and had no comment.
Siovaughn is not yet in custody and the Chicago Sheriff’s Dept. did not estimate when she would be apprehended.