Principal of Justice Family Lawyers, Hayder specialises in complex parenting and property family law matters. He is based in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Communications from UTS.
Richard Williams, tennis champs Serena and Venus Williams’ 75-year-old father, has filed for divorce from his 38-year-old wife.
The tennis coach claims his wife of seven years is an alcoholic and stole his social security checks and transferred ownership of cars and a house to herself by forging his signature.
Their 5-year-old son, Dylan, was left by his mother to live in the exclusive care of the father.
Father of tennis champs Serena and Venus Williams’, has filed for divorce from his much younger wife in Florida
Richard Williams is a 75-year-old man with a 5-year-old son.
The 75-year-old tennis coach is often credited for training his two daughters and eventually made them into tennis superstars.
He believes his 38-year-old wife of seven years, Lakeisha Williams, is an alcoholic and that she stole his social security checks and transferred ownership of their cars and a house to herself by forging his signature.
Williams, who married Lakeisha in 2010, also claims she moved out last year and left their now 5-year-old son, Dylan, in his exclusive care. Lakeisha is barely older than his two two daughters – Serena is 35 and Venus will turn 37 on Saturday.
Richard Williams also alleges she left him for ‘a new person’ who has ‘serious criminal, felony charges pending who could impose a danger to the minor child,’ the document reads.
Lakeisha’s Miami lawyer called Richard’s petition ‘outrageous.’
“We categorically deny each and all the allegations he has made in the petition,” her lawyer said. ‘When the issues come before the court, they’ll be proven to be patently false.’
In asking the judge for a parenting plan, court papers allege: ‘The husband is concerned that the wife is addicted to alcohol.”
Alcohol Abuse In Australian Family Law
In the recent case of Churchill & Wileman  FCCA 107 (9 January 2016), the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, the parents were fighting over visitation rights of their child. The mother alleged that the father had an alcohol problem. She alleged that when he drank he drank heavily and became drunk and was not someone who would stop at two or three drinks but would drink a six pack of beer as a minimum.
The father denied that he had an alcohol problem but said that on several occasions during the relationship he drank to excess after having “considerable disagreements” with the mother and that on several occasions he drank alcohol after being locked out of the house. The father agreed that he drank excessively (i.e. frequently to the point of getting drunk) during his relationship with the mother but said that he drank to self-medicate.
It was the mother’s case that the father’s violence, alcohol use and temper meant that he completely lacked the capacity to provide for the child’s needs.
The father then proposed that he would engage in alcohol therapy before he was to have contact with his child.
In his judgment, Judge Terry of Newcastle Court said that he struggled to understand why at the end of the hearing the father proposed that he engage in therapy, and cannot see what he will gain from therapy if he does not consider that he has a problem. The judge went on to say that, the father has a serious problem but until he recognises that he will not gain anything from attending therapy with a psychologist targeted at family violence.
The judge made orders that the mother has sole parental responsibility for the child and that the child spend no time with the father and have no communication with the father.