Gloria Govan’s Custody Battle Reaches Dramatic Conclusion

LOS ANGELES, CA - July 17, 2018: Gloria Govan at the premiere for "The Equalizer 2" at the TCL Chinese Theatre (Credit: Shutterstock)

The custody battle between former Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan and retired Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes is over.

Following a court hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday, a judge awarded Barnes, 38, sole physical and legal custody of the couple’s 10-year-old twin sons, TMZ reported.

Govan, 33, was granted visitation rights every other weekend, as well as Wednesday night dinners with the children. Additionally, the actress must complete 26 anger management sessions and 10 parenting classes.

Although Govan will reportedly seek 50/50 custody of her sons down the line, Thursday’s ruling is the current arrangement.

Barnes celebrated his legal victory after the hearing by sharing a picture with his legal team and writing on Instagram: “The DREAM TEAM!  @samantha_spector @judgebackman judge turned lawyer extraordinaire & btw happy bday Larry! Can’t thank you guys enough #GodIsGood 🙏🏽.”

The judge’s decision comes months after Govan was arrested for alleged child endangerment on Friday, Aug. 31. As Urban Hollywood 411 previously reported, the former television personality tried to pick up her sons from school, despite the fact that Barnes was scheduled to have custody for Labor Day weekend.

Barnes claimed in his court filing that once he removed the children from Govan’s SUV, she drove toward his car “at an excessively high rate of speed through the school parking lot.”

He went on to allege that Govan tried to box his vehicle in, leaving the children “terrified.”

“I could not do anything except sit in the car, trying to calm the boys who were terrified, screaming hysterically and crying,” the athlete stated in the documents.

Prosecutors ultimately declined to move forward with criminal charges.

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Due to the incident, a Los Angeles judge granted Barnes a temporary restraining order against Govan in September. She was ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from her ex and the pair’s boys, except during weekly supervised visits.

During Thursday’s hearing, the presiding judge granted Barnes an 18-month restraining order and awarded Govan unsupervised visits with the kids, according to The Blast.

Custody arrangements for the holidays are still not finalized.

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