Miami Heat basketball player and NBA all-star Dwyane Wade is finally divorced from estranged (now ex) wife Siohvaughn Wade, according to the Chicago Tribune. There were few surprises, although Siohvaughn Wade’s Chicago family law attorney vowed to appeal the ruling. Dwyane Wade said he felt relieved that the long and bitter ordeal is finally over:
“It’s been a long, long process and to finally get this part behind us. I feel great, even though we still have more to get done.”
Judge Marya Nega said Dwyane Wade had proven irreconcilable differences with Siohvaughn, even though it may already have been apparent in the court of public opinion. But child custody of the couple’s two sons and the division of marital assets still have to be worked out.
Dwyane Wade still retains physical custody of his children until further proceedings determine a final ruling, according to the judge’s order. Michael Kalcheim, the tenth divorce attorney in Chicago to represent Siohvaughn Wade, said he plans to file an appeal.
He told reporters that it was improper to finalize a divorce without also finalizing child custody and financial matters:
“The judge made a mistake.”
Even though this saga may very well have another chapter, Dwyane Wade is now looking forward to charting his future in the NBA. He will become a free agent as early as this week and may very well command a $100 million contract.
The couple, who first become romantically involved at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, had been separated for nearly three years before the recent dissolution of their marriage.
James Pritkin, Dwyane Wade’s Illinois family law attorney, took the opportunity to rattle off a basketball metaphor:
“Mrs. Wade has committed her final flagrant foul. Her game is over.”
Well, maybe not quite. This could go into overtime.