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Foul: Did former NBA star Allen Iverson abduct his five children?


Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 17, 2013 in Child Custody

We often use this blog to discuss the many challenges that parents face during a divorce. This can often involve finding an agreeable solution to child custody arrangements. People spend a lot of time and emotion figuring out what works best for the parents and the children, but custody arrangements can fall apart very quickly if parents do not stick with the schedule.

According to reports, this is the situation in which former NBA star Allen Iverson and his ex-wife have found themselves. After months arguing with his ex and allegations about unpaid child support, Iverson may have allegedly abducted their children in an attempt to interfere with his ex-wife's custodial rights.

The upsetting situation happened recently when Iverson took his five children on vacation in May. They should have only been gone for about a week but Iverson's ex claims that he has still failed to bring their children back to her. She says that she is in fear of their wellbeing, considering the fact that Iverson's parenting skills have been called into question.

Iverson is reportedly behind nearly $40,000 in child support and has had public battles with alleged alcoholism and money troubles. Many people fear for the safety of the five children and their mother has taken legal action to force Iverson to return their children to her.

Sadly, accusations of interference with child custody like this are not uncommon. These disputes can happen long after two parents have separated, and they can be frightening and very upsetting. Sharing custody of children with another parent is something that many parents in Connecticut must do for many years. No matter what a custody arrangement looks like, it is crucial that parents focus on the wellbeing of their children and on not violating the terms of an agreement. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Allen Iverson Abducted Hi Kids, Says Former NBA Star's Ex-Wife: Report," June 17, 2013