In a recent court filing in Miami-Dade County, Funches-Wade claims she is not getting the time with their two children that a court in the couple’s native Chicago decided she should have.
One reason, according to the case file here: Wade has their 11-year-old son Zaire play basketball on a travel league squad that performs in places like Detroit!
“A parent’s right to see a child takes precedent over basketball,” said Boca Raton lawyer Lisa Macci, Funches-Wade’s attorney. “She traveled to Miami recently to see her children but was told when she got here that her older son was playing basketball in Detroit.
“If the mother had done that, the father would be screaming parental alienation.”
Funches-Wade, Wade’s high school sweetheart, has visitation rights while the ball player has full custody. She is supposed to see Zaire and Zion every other weekend and on certain holidays.
Wade, meanwhile, was ordered to pay his ex-wife’s expenses to fly to Miami and stay for the weekend.
That, too, according to court records, has not been working as planned.
Funches-Wade claims the reimbursements haven’t been coming regularly.
The child-rearing part of the post-divorce proceedings was transferred to Florida in June after the shooting guard moved to have the Chicago judgment domesticated here.
The case was filed under a variation of Wade’s name to keep reporters at bay, I’m told.
Funches-Wade, however, has filed several motions since then, including the latest request to enforce the Chicago judgment.
Wade’s Miami lawyer didn’t return calls for comment.
The Wades have been duking it out in the courts for nearly three years. Last year, Funches-Wade was arrested in Chicago and charged with attempted kidnapping of the kids. The case was dropped.