Last August, NBA star Dwayne Wade filed to get his 15-year-old daughter, Zaya Wade, a name change as she claims to be transgender.
Dwayne Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, has repeatedly fought Dwayne Wade’s attempts to get their daughter’s name changed.
Dwayne Wade currently has custody over both of their children, making her fight more difficult.
Funches-Wade says that their daughter should have to wait until she is 18 to legally change her name.
Her father said that their daughter’s name change would make everyday life easier for her, but also reportedly has other motivations.
According to Wade’s ex-wife, he wants to change his daughter’s name to make money off of her through endorsements and contracts.
‘(Dwyane) told me that he intended to make our child very famous due to the name and gender issue and also informed me that there would be endorsements/contracts associated therewith,’ she claims.
The Daily Mail Reports–
The exes will face a hearing next week over Zaya Wade legally changing her name: https://t.co/rUN0ky0c8s
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Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade has gone back to court to fight his ex-wife’s petition to stop their transgender daughter from legally changing her name and gender.
Wade, 40, argued that he had the ‘full authority’ to ‘make decisions on behalf’ of Zaya, 15, when he was awarded custody of his two children in 2011 against ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, RadarOnline reports.
Funches-Wade had filed an objection to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in November over Zaya’s name change, accusing Wade of exploiting their daughter for financial gain.
In his latest filing, Wade said the allegations were ‘unsubstantiated.’ He also claimed that his ex failed to prove why the name change wouldn’t be in Zaya’s best interest.
Wade argued that a name change would ultimately allow Zaya to have an easier time: ‘from simple introductions and food orders, to applying for a driver’s license and filling out college applications.’