Maryland child custody cases can be contentious

Maryland residents may be following along with the divorce case between Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pillar, which continues to heat up. We posted about the contentious child custody battle between the two back on May 5, 2012 ('Child custody: domestic violence a relevant factor'), and things have not de-escalated between the two in the intervening months. Reports indicate that Deion sobbed on the stand as he testified at the court proceedings which are intended to hash out the child custody issues between the two.

On the witness stand, he testified that Pilar had been unable to get along with most of his family members, and that she caused an embarrassing disruption at the ceremony honoring his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This, according to him, was indicative of the family drama that his estranged wife often caused. He claimed that initially, he tried to overlook the problems but seemed to indicate that eventually became impossible. In court, jurors were shown a video of the Hall of Fame ceremony so they could see the apparent drama for themselves.

According to Deion, he is unable to trust the mother of his children, and they no longer communicate with one another. He seems to place most of the blame for this on her shoulders. Pilar, on the other hand, maintains that her estranged husband is nothing but a 'playtime' father who is overly harsh on their children if they do something that doesn't enhance his own reputation.

While it's not yet clear how this child custody dispute will ultimate play out in court, it does illustrate just how emotional such issues can be. Maryland parents who are going through their own divorce negotiations understand just how stressful this process can be. One thing which sometimes helps such couples is to keep what is in the best interests of their children in the forefront as they negotiate. This can make it easier to reach an agreement that works for all parties involved; and most especially the children.

Source: Fox Sports West, "Clippers' Odom fighting child custody case," Michael Martinez, March 5, 2013