Dwyane Wade’s marriage problems are over, divorce is now finalized:
A Cook County judge as expected finalized the divorce of Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade and his wife, Siohvaughn, Friday morning, though her attorney vowed to appeal.
“I feel relieved,” said Wade, dressed in a dark blue pin-striped suit outside of Judge Marya Nega’s courtroom.
“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,” added the NBA star who played his high school ball at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. In the brief hearing, Nega said Wade had proven irreconcilable differences with his high school sweetheart and dissolved the marriage, though issues concerning custody of the couple’s two sons and division of marital assets haven’t yet been decided.
All previous orders, including one granting Wade “physical possession” of his sons, will remain in place until further proceedings take place, the judge ordered.
Poor Siohvaughn didn’t even show up:
Siohvaughn Wade didn’t attend the hearing, but was expected at the courthouse to sign paperwork, her attorney, Michael Kalcheim said. After the hearing, Kalcheim said he planned to file an appeal with the appellate court Monday because it was improper to dissolve a marriage before all custody and financial issues have been resolved.
“The judge made a mistake,” Kalcheim said. Wade is expected to become a free agent next week and could command well over $100 million from NBA teams eager to sign him. The couple had been separated since August 2007. The divorce proceedings have been bitter, marked by allegations and lawsuits brought by both sides.
“Mrs. Wade has committed her final flagrant foul,” Wade’s attorney, James Pritkin said. “Her game is over.”