Judge rules three children to live with Deion Sanders; Pilar Sanders gets visitation schedule
Several rulings issued this past week landed in favor of former
Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders in his contentious divorce
with Pilar Sanders.
This week, Judge Ray Wheless issued a ruling on child support and
possession of the couple’s three children. He ruled that Deion Sanders
would not have to pay any more child support. Wheless also ruled that
the three children would live with their father. Their mother would have
visitation with the children from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and on the
first, third and fifth weekend, from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Wheless also affirmed last week’s jury’s verdict, which gave the
right to Deion Sanders to make all educational, health and
extracurricular decisions for his two sons, ages 11 and 13, and share
that responsibility of making those decisions for his 9-year-old
daughter with his estranged wife.
A separate ruling was issued over the weekend by retired district
Judge Nathan White, who was assigned as an arbitrator in the case. He
ruled that the premarital agreement the couple signed before they wed in
1999 is valid. That agreement divides the couple’s property and awards
Pilar Sanders $100,000 for each year they were married, with a cap set
at $1 million.
Pilar Sanders’ attorneys had argued that while the couple intended to
have the agreement, the document was invalid because it was missing
exhibits and pages at the time it was signed. They also alleged Pilar
Sanders’ initials were forged on some pages.
“We are pleased and grateful by the rulings,” said Rick Robertson,
the attorney for Deion Sanders. The TV analyst and former athlete
initially filed for divorce in December 2011.
Attorney Larry Friedman, who represents Pilar Sanders, said they plan appeal the rulings. “We’re not going to give up,” he said.
The couple’s divorce is not yet finalized. Further hearings will be
held to sort out some remaining issues. Appeals must also be heard.