Deion Sanders' divorce is front page news because of his star status. Other than Deion having star power and being in the news, the issues between Deion and his wife Pilar in their break up are no different than those in a Rhode Island divorce.
On May 15, 2012, a Judge in Dallas, Texas determined that Deion should pay child support of $10,000 a month while Pilar had been seeking $24,00 per month in total support. While the couple had come to an agreement regarding custody of the children, they were unable to agree on finances. Interestingly, like many Rhode Island couples, even the Sanders fought over relatively cheap small items that Deion alleged his wife stole, including toasters, picture frames and bowls. One might expect that with the reported size of Deion's $250 million estate and the amount of child support ordered, a toaster and bowls might seem insignificant. Apparently, the issue of the minor items was substantial, perhaps emotionally, to warrant argument supported by legal fees that far outweighed the value of the items in question.
Also like many separating couples, the Sanders wished to maintain privacy. They agreed that the rest of their dispute ending their marriage is going to arbitration behind closed doors. Rhode Island does not have divorce arbitration (where a third party or a panel listens to both sides and then renders a decision). However, a Rhode Island mediator can help parties reach an agreement with significant privacy.
"Judge: Deion must pay child support, not spousal support." By Rebecca Lopez, WFAA.com, May 15, 2012