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Allen Iverson was known as a devastating NBA player. He could perform amazing crossover dribbles that left defenders in a trance; he had a tremendous tolerance for pain, proven by his endless drives to the basket that resulted in him getting clobbered to the floor; and, altogether, his offense gifts made him one of the best NBA players of the 1990s and 2000s.

But Iverson’s reputation as an NBA great has taken a big hit in the past few years, as his tumultuous divorce from his ex-wife, Tawanna Iverson, has received massive amounts of media coverage. The latest piece of news coming out of the Iverson divorce is that Tawanna is accusing Allen of abducting their children and keeping them in a hotel.

Tawanna has sole legal custody of their five children; and after a recent vacation that Allen took the kids on, they never returned. Allen also failed to return the kids at a June 4 date they agreed upon. This has led to Tawanna’s legal filing against Allen, claiming that he is violating their custody agreement.

It is important to remember that, in many divorce cases, the agreement the spouses come to on child custody and support are often violated. These violations may be minor in nature — forgivable acts that, ultimately, require no legal action. However, a serious breach of such an agreement can result in severe consequences for the offending spouse.

For any divorced couples: if your current custody agreement is untenable, remember that you can appeal for a modification. It may make things easier given your new life conditions.

For those experiencing custody hardship: always keep your legal options in mind. Contact your family law attorney and get a grasp on what kind of action you can take against your ex-spouse.

Source: FOX Sports, “Ex-wife: Iverson abducted their kids,” June 17, 2013