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Wife of NBA Referee Charged in Betting Scandal Seeks Protective Order

By Sheryl Rentz on June 3, 2008

This is an example of a dramatic divorce proceeding that has escalated into a domestic violence case. Kimberly L. Donaghy, wife of the former NBA referee charged in a betting scandal Tim Donaghy, has filed for a restraining order against her husband, who she said verbally and physically abused their children. Donaghy revealed in court papers that her husband threatened to hit her and abused their four children. The Donaghy’s, who are going through a divorce, had been married since 1995.

“I am scared for myself and my children.” Kimberly Donaghy wrote in court papers. “He is going to snap.”

Tim Donaghy, 41 was the centerpiece of a betting scandal that rocked the NBA last year when it was revealed that he provided betting picks to gambling associates based on information he was privy to because of his position as an NBA referee. It was also revealed at that time that Donaghy was an avid gambler himself and authorities allege he bet on games that he officiated. Donaghy plead guilty to charges he conspired to engage in wire fraud and transmitted betting information through interstate commerce. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

Going through a divorce in Philadelphia can be a complex and emotionally devastating event in anyone’s life, but when children are involved, matters can become even more complicated. In light of the recent alleged physical confrontation, Kimberly Donaghy is asking for $2,000 a month in temporary alimony from her husband, and wants a judge to prevent him from coming within 500 feet of the couple’s home, her workplace, and the children’s schools.

In order to file a restraining order in Pennsylvania under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) several important steps must be taken. The abused must appear before a court of law and file several documents with them. A judge will then see the person and hear their side of the story and be presented with any evidence that may sway their decision. The abused must convince the judge that their partner is a danger to the health of the abused partner or the couple’s children.

The Law Office of Sheryl R. Rentz, PC has years of experience in handling child custody, divorce, alimony, and Pennsylvania Domestic Violence cases. While the specifics of every divorce proceeding is different, a common thread exists: each one should be handled with the utmost respect and professionalism. If you or a loved one is facing a divorce in Pennsylvania do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, PC, even if just for a first free consultation on how you should proceed. Our office is always upfront about potential outcomes and fees. Contact us immediately with any and all of your questions.

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