When public figures divorce, matters related to finances and personal problems often come out. Former NBA star Allen Iverson is one such individual who recently received sharp words of criticism from a divorce judge related to his parenting practices.
The divorce between Iverson and his wife of 12 years, Tawanna, recently ended with a divorce judge awarding Tawanna a settlement in the amount of $3 million. The couple, who has five children together, has been embroiled in a bitter divorce battle for more than a year.
Questions related to Iverson's parenting skills have been called into question as allegations arose that he has made questionable choices that have put his children at risk for harm. When finalizing the divorce decree, the divorce judge admonished Iverson for his shortcomings as a parent and father to his five children.
Additionally the judge openly discussed Iverson's problems with alcohol dependence, ordering the former basketball star to abstain from alcohol for the next 18 months. The judge also ordered Iverson to attend both counseling and AA meetings to support his attempts at sobriety. Furthermore, the judge decried that Iverson is not allowed to drink within 24 hours of seeing his children prior to all of his children turning 18 years of age.
In addition to apparently fighting substance abuse problems, Iverson is also reported to be facing financial difficulties. He is currently unemployed, but recently discussed his hopes that a NBA team will approach him with an offer to return to professional basketball.
Substance abuse is often an issue in many divorces. Not only can an addiction to drugs or alcohol result in the end of a marriage, it can also prevent an individual from seeing and being a part of their children's lives. Washington residents who are facing substance abuse issues are encouraged to seek help.
Source: News One, "Judge: Allen Iverson Is A Poor Parent, Must Stay Away From Alcohol To See Kids," Feb. 4, 2013