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Jury awards full custody of sons, partial custody of daughter to Deion Sanders

The child custody battle between former Dallas Cowboy professional football player Deion Sanders and his soon-to-be ex-wife recently came to an end after two weeks of heated testimony. Eleven members of a jury awarded Mr. Sanders primary custody and legal responsibility of his 13- and 11-year-old boys. He and his ex-wife will share custody and legal responsibility of their 9-year-old daughter, but he has the right to decide where she resides. One juror voted against the decision.

Mr. Sanders expressed his happiness with the decision as he explained that he just wanted the best for his children. His attorney added that the jurors did not believe accusations of child abuse against Mr. Sanders. There were also suggestions that his estranged wife worked as a phone sex operator.

Mrs. Sanders verbalized her frustration with the decision and called her soon-to-be ex-husband a few derogatory names when court ended. Her defense lawyer believes that his famous status as a former football player in Dallas did not help them in the case. Her lawyer implied that he kept guns where the children could access them. They plan to appeal the verdict.

Both sides of the custody battle accused the other of steroid use. The couple has yet to address a prenuptial agreement, child support and visitation.

A child custody battle can mean heated battles between parents over what will happen to their offspring. A family law attorney in North Carolina might be able to help the parties resolve their differences before they get into a messy court battle that could prove detrimental to the children.

Source: Savannah Now, "Jury Makes Decision In Deion Sanders Child Custody Case," March 12, 2013

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