The Houston Family Law Blog

Pilar Sanders Gets Child Support, Legal Fees; No Alimony

Just last week, Neon Deion Sanders, the Dallas Cowboys legend, was victorious in the realm of the Family Law courthouse. The judge awarded a him a restraining order against his estranged wife Pilar Sanders, as well as temporary custody after hearing testimony about the couple's April 23 domestic scuffle that made headlines and sent Deion to twitter.

Though Deion won the last round, Pilar emerged victorious this time, reports ABC News. The court awarded her child support in the amount of $10,500 for the three kids, plus another $275,000 to cover her legal fees.

Who is that lawyer, and how did he get the gig?

Though Deion won temporary custody in court last week, the couple has apparently worked out a visitation schedule and is scheduled to have a formal custody hearing later this month.

Texas child custody decisions are usually determined by the "best interests of the child" standard. This includes minimizing disruption to their education and social lives, ensuring that they have as stable of a home environment as possible, and considering any preference expressed by the children as to which parent they prefer to live with.

Pilar's victory in the courtroom wasn't a complete blowout, however. She was seeking $14,000 in alimony, reports the Washington Post. The court denied her request, but she will receive $3,500 a month toward her mortgage on a separate residence for her and the children.

She has also been ordered to return six containers of Deion's property that are currently in her possession by July 1. The restraining order, which orders Pilar to stay 500 yards away from the family home, remains in effect as well.

Finally, although it may be trite, it is worth saying that although in a rough divorce sometimes a spouse wins or loses, the most important thing is to do your best to make sure the real winners are the children. And sometimes that means giving something up, or even "losing."

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