Former NBA star Matt Barnes wins sole custody of 10-year-old twins from ex-wife Gloria Govan
The 33-year-old Govan will be allowed to visit her children every other Friday until Monday morning. She will also be allowed to eat with her children on Wednesdays
Retired NBA player Matt Barnes has been officially granted sole physical and legal custody of his 10-year-old twin sons.
After a drawn-out battle with his ex-wife Gloria Govan, including her being arrested for alleged child endangerment, a court hearing on Thursday finally granted the NBA player custody of his children Carter and Isaiah, reports TMZ. Barnes has also obtained a restraining order against his ex-wife for the duration of 18 months, though this order does not prevent her from meeting her children.
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On hearing the custody news, the former 'LA Lakers' star took to Instagram to celebrate the news. He put up a picture of himself and his legal team including lawyer Samantha Spector with the caption: "The DREAM TEAM!... Can’t thank you guys enough #GodIsGood."
Daily Mail reported that Govan, 33, will be allowed to visit her children every other Friday until Monday morning. She will also be allowed to eat with her children on Wednesdays. The arrangement during major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving needs to still be negotiated between the two.
During the hearing, the judge also instructed Govan to attend 10 parenting classes and complete 26 anger management sessions. On August 31, she was arrested on charges of felony child endangerment after she got into an argument with Barnes at their children's school.
Barnes claimed that Govan prevented him and their twins from leaving the school after she flew into a rage. Govan denied the charges and the prosecutors did no levy any criminal charges against her.
Barnes and Govan split in 2014 after being married for two years. The divorce that followed was difficult and messy. The settlement finally reached a resolution in December 2016.
To add to the drama, before the divorce was finalized, Govan began dating Derek Fisher, Barnes' ex-teammate, who was still legally married at the time. This new relationship had a negative impact on the friendship between Fisher and Barnes. Govan and Fisher are now engaged after he proposed to her in April.
To be supportive, Barnes did put up an Instagram post congratulating the couple, that has since been deleted. The caption read: "I have two beautiful boys from my ex. We are both focusing on co-parenting, and providing the best atmosphere and childhood for them." He continued with, "They love [Fisher], so I love it. Despite not seeing eye to eye initially with Fisher, he and I are on the same page and communicate weekly about [my sons]. With that being said, congrats on the engagement!"
Barnes announced his official retirement from the NBA on December 11, 2017, after putting up a post on Instagram.