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Shaquille O'Neal Reaches Divorce Settlement

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Shaquille O'Neal stands as an Olympic gold medalist, a four-time NBA champion, and 15-time NBA All-Star who currently plays with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Some Texans consider the man to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But now at the age of 38, Mr. O'Neal has faced some family law drama and hopes that peace will come with a new divorce settlement in place.

Trans World News reports that Mr. O'Neal's soon-to-be ex-wife, Shaunie O'Neal filed for a legal separation in November 2009, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the separation. Soon after, she dismissed the separation action and the O'Neals instead filed for a divorce in a Florida court.

Shaunie's family law attorney, Sorrell Trope, says that Florida judges will issue the official divorce decree and handle any property issues that come up, along with spousal support. However, because the couple's four children now live in Los Angeles with Shaunie, the California courts will handle any child custody issues between the couple, according to the Washington Post. Mr. Trope says that the terms of the divorce, property division, custody, and support have all been settled.

The O'Neals' divorce is about to be finalized, but their process of divorce can be inspirational for other Texas couples going through the same thing. With the help of some family law attorneys, the couple was able to reach an agreement within a matter of a few short months. People looking for legal help in the process of a divorce should contact of the state's many Texas family law attorneys.

Related Resources:

  • Factors Considered in Dividing Property (FindLaw)
  • State Laws on Divorce and Child Custody (FindLaw)
  • Texas Family Law Attorneys Directory (FindLaw)

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