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Child custody woes for Richard Williams, father of Venus and Sere

Virtually anyone in New Jersey who follows tennis knows the names of superstar sisters Venus and Serena Williams. The pair of powerhouse players have been credited with changing the face of the game, and their father, Richard Williams, is credited for pushing his daughters to push themselves. Richard Williams is now facing his own struggles as he moves through a child custody dispute with his soon-to-be-ex, Lakeisha Williams.

The couple married in 2010, and had a child together in 2012. In their divorce paperwork, Richard Williams has made a number of assertions about his wife, including that she has a problem with alcohol addiction and is not a safe or stable influence in their child's life. He also claims that she has moved in with someone who is facing felony criminal charges and could pose a danger to the child. Williams is asking for the right to keep the child at home with him, so that the child could continue to attend preschool and enjoy a degree of stability.

Richard Williams also claims that his wife has acted to intentionally and improperly take both marital and personal wealth. He alleges that she forged his signature to transfer property to her own name, including a home and multiple vehicles. He also asserts that she falsified documents on a mortgage to a home he owned prior to their marriage.

As this case moves forward, readers in New Jersey are likely to learn more about the couple and how they are able to resolve their child custody dispute. It is unclear how much wealth Richard Williams has received from his tennis star daughters, or whether precautions were taken to avoid losing that wealth in the event of a divorce. For her part, Lakeisha Williams has issued a statement that the accusations against her are false, and are nothing more than an attempt to avoid paying child support or alimony.

Source: palmbeachpost.com, "Father of Venus, Serena Williams seeks divorce from second wife", Eliot Kleinberg, June 15, 2017

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