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Father of tennis star daughters faces high-asset divorce

Ask any Colorado tennis fan to name a few players who have made historic strides in the sport, and the names Venus and Serena Williams will almost certainly be uttered. Many people who follow the sport are aware that their father, Richard Williams, was instrumental in shaping the early training and competitive nature that Venus and Serena have used to propel themselves into the highest levels of professional tennis. He is now facing a high\-asset divorce with his second wife, and the matter has made headlines as the two parties begin the legal process of ending their union.

Richard Williams married Lakeisha Williams in 2010, and the couple welcomed a child in 2012. In court documents, Williams alleges that his wife abandoned the family, and that she has serious issues with alcohol addiction. He also claims that she has improperly removed money from their joint bank account, and also from an account belonging to her husband. She is also accused of taking her husband's firearms without his permission, and is alleged to have forged multiple documents to transfer assets from her husband's name to her own.

An attorney for Lakeisha Williams claims that these allegations are false, and that Richard Williams is simply seeking to avoid having to pay child support and alimony to his wife. Lakeisha Williams is a licensed nurse's assistant and was once the owner of an independent grocery store. It is unclear whether she is asking for full custody of the child, although court documents state that her husband wants the child to remain living in his home.

As this case plays out, readers in Colorado will likely get a glimpse into the financial matters of the father of Venus and Serena Williams. Unless the couple can agree to a settlement in the near future, their high-asset divorce case may play out in public court. That could mean a nasty and prolonged legal fight, and one that is expected to make additional headlines as time goes on.

Source:, "Father of Venus, Serena Williams seeks divorce from second wife", Eliot Kleinberg, June 15, 2017

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