Deion Sanders' divorce from his wife, Pilar, turned hostile earlier this week. Deion tweeted that his children, "Just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She's going to jail (and) I'm pressing charges!" A photo of Deion and his two children filling out police reports was attached to the tweet. The Sanders still reside in the same home in Texas, even though their family law case has ben filed for months. Apparently, Mrs. Sanders was arrested at the scene, and Mr. Sanders was later charged with simple assault as well.
Each state's divorce laws are different. In Florida family law cases that deal with custody and timesharing, the court must look to Florida Statutes, Chapter 61.13 to determine the amount of time each parent will spend with the children. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sanders would likely have run afould of many of the subfactors in chapter 61.13. However, what caught my attention was Deion including the photo fo his children on the internet filling out the sworn criminal complaint against their mother.
If this case were in Florida, the posting of such a photo would run afoul of Florida Statutes, Chapter 61.13(r), which states, "The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic mediat related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child.
Surely, there are always two sides to every story, but actively involving children in your divorce case is never a good idea.