It’s starting to seem like Siohvaughn Funches’ difficult disposition isn’t only related to her ex-husband Dwyane Wade. Yesterday a judge was supposed to make a ruling on a request from Wade that Siovaughn be denied any visitation rights after she failed to return her son’s to his custody the day before Father’s Day. But that decision was delayed when Siohvaughn’s lawyer, Michael Haber, who is representing her in both criminal court on misdemeanor charges, including child abduction, and the custody hearing, asked to be removed from the case.
The lawyer’s move is not an unusual one, but what is suspicious is this is the 12th lawyer from the sixth law firm to represent Siohvaughn. On Monday, her lawyer essentially told the judge he couldn’t do it anymore. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he said:
“Our relationship has broken down to the point that I can no longer represent Ms. Wade. Our interests are adverse to one another.”
Siohvauhgn, on the other hand, doesn’t feel the same. She asked the judge to deny Michael Haber’s request because of his familiarity with the case—he’s her longest-serving attorney to date—and the fact that she’s running out of cash. She stated in court:
“I beg of you, judge, please. The escrow account is fleeting. It can’t be done.”
She’s going to need someone to back her if a judge is going to believe her claim that an asthma attack on the day she was to return her boys to Dwyane was the cause for the delay. She also alleges that “it’s typical” for D to return their sons late to her custody but somehow those instances have never been seen as a violation of her rights. Dwyane’s attorney James B. Pritikin jumped quickly to his client’s defense, saying flight delays out of Miami are the only cause for any of Dwyane’s late custodial exchanges.
“Mr. Wade has never discouraged that the kids visit their mother. In fact, he’s done everything to encourage it. But [the Father’s Day episode] is not an isolated incident,” he said. “His position is that she has issues, and she needs to deal with those issues.”
Regarding this issue of not having a lawyer, Shiovaughn will have until the end of the week to file a response to her attorney’s plea. The next hearing is scheduled for 1:30 pm Friday. Dwyane’s ex may be better served by therapy to clear her head and then petition to have her rights reinstated once she’s in a better place because things just continue to look worse and worse for her.
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