Did Booby Ask For Spousal Support & Full Custody? Yes And No.

October 4, 2017  |  


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Yesterday, TheJasmineBrand published a story claiming that Keyshia Cole’s estranged husband Daniel “Booby” Gibson wanted spousal support and full custody of their 7-year-old son Daniel Gibson Jr.

When I read it, I immediately had questions. Why would he pull this type of stunt on Keyshia? We all know she would wear him out behind taking her son…and her money. I don’t know what Gibson did while he was in the league; but as a former NBA player, he should have something stashed away.

While Keyshia and Daniel have been separated since 2014, they didn’t file any official documents until last month. Keyshia requested no spousal support and joint legal and physical custody.

Later, The Jasmine Brand posted a statement from Gibson’s rep responding to the story. In it, the rep explained that while Gibson did ask for these things, it was only a part of his lawyer’s strategy, one which is actually common practice in family court.

“Mr. Gibson wishes to clarify that he is not actively seeking spousal support and full custody. Mr. Gibson submitted a full settlement proposal to Ms. Cole some time ago, which excludes spousal support and includes a shared custodial plan for their son. The document in question (i.e. Mr. Gibson’s Response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage) is what we in the family law sector call inclusive.

This means that a party will always file or respond in a way that gives them the best possible outcome in the event the can goes to trial, as it is much more difficult, time-consuming, and costly for the client to go back and amend a filing to ask for something that was not originally requested. Attorneys who are well-versed in Family Law are aware of this and almost always counsel their clients to file as such with the full understanding that a resolution is typically reached that is acceptable to both parties, particularly in a case like this, where the parties are on amicable terms.

It is regretful that this document has been publicized and is now subject to scrutiny by individuals unfamiliar with standard family law practices. Mr. Gibson hopes to resolve this matter with Ms. Cole as soon as possible in a way that will allow them to move forward amicably and continue their cooperative co-parenting efforts.”

Well, there you have it. He knows better. But if, for some reason, things turn sour between these two during the divorce proceedings, these demands could resurface again. Best of luck to the both of them moving forward.

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