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Child Custody: Celebrity Dads Who Got Custody Of The Kids (PHOTOS)

Posted: 05/10/2012 8:41 pm Updated: 05/10/2012 9:05 pm

NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders was recently awarded temporary custody of his three children, bringing to a close the latest chapter in his contentious divorce battle with his estranged wife, Pilar.

Sanders' win got us thinking about other celebrity dads who got custody of their kids after a split. Click through the slideshow below to see who they are.

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  • Dwayne Wade

    In March 2011, a Chicago court awarded NBA star Dwayne Wade <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/13/dwyane-wade-custody-battle_n_835101.html" target="_hplink">sole "care, custody and control" of his two sons</a>, following a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Siohvaughn Wade. At the time of the ruling, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/13/dwyane-wade-custody-battle_n_835101.html" target="_hplink">Miami Heat player told the <em>Associated Press</em></a> that "a huge weight is off my back." Wade added: "My life changed in a huge way. Mentally, I've been preparing for it for over a year now. To me, it's bigger than that. For me, it shows a lot of people that you need to fight to be in your kids' lives sometimes. You fight until you can't fight any more. That's all I was trying to be, a father in his kids' lives."

  • Jesse James

    In June 2011, Jesse James was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/jesse-james-custody-battl_n_911073.html" target="_hplink">awarded sole custody of his then seven-year-old daughter Sunny</a>, bringing to a close an extended court battle with ex-wife Janine Lindemulder. The "Outlaw Garage" star <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/03/jesse-james-daughter-tattoo-name-his-wrist-spring-break" target="_hplink">recently tweeted a photo</a> of Sunny inking his wrist with her name.

  • Kevin Federline

    In July 2008, Britney Spears ended her custody battle with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, agreeing to give him <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,385582,00.html" target="_hplink">sole legal and physical custody of their two sons</a>, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Spears would continue to have visitation rights. Since then, the couple have reportedly <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/parenting/5-celebrity-custody-battles3.htm" target="_hplink">moved closer to shared custody</a>.

  • Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz's daughter, Zoe, lived with his ex-wife <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10716179" target="_hplink">Lisa Bonet until the age of 11</a>. After that, Kravitz reportedly <a href="http://globalgrind.com/entertainment/dwyane-wade-9-other-cool-celebrity-mr-moms-photos?page=5" target="_hplink">received primary custody</a> of Zoe, with Bonet <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10716179" target="_hplink">spending summers</a> with the teen. In September 2007, Kravitz <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/25/AR2007092501160.html" target="_hplink">told the <em>Washington Post</em></a> about his life with Zoe, who is now 23 and a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/15/celebrity-kids-10-rising-_n_1095460.html#s475518&title=Zoe_Kravitz" target="_hplink">burgeoning actress and model</a>. "Watching my daughter grow up is the highlight of everything," the rockstar said.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo announced the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/06/cristiano-ronaldo-baby-mother" target="_hplink">birth of a son, Cristiano Jr., in June 2010</a>. The identity of the boy's mother is unknown and the Real Madrid player said he had "<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/06/cristiano-ronaldo-baby-mother" target="_hplink">exclusive guardianship</a>" of the child. Last month, the soccer player raised eyebrows when he was photographed driving his Lamborghini with his <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2137270/Cristiano-Ronaldo-shocks-driving-son-lap--reunites-girlfriend-Irina-Shayk-rare-unity.html?ito=feeds-newsxml" target="_hplink">22-month-old son</a> sitting on his lap.

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