Elijah stays with mom: Supreme Court

Friday, September 28, 2001

Kimberly Van De Perre playing with Elijah yesterday. (Ric Ernst, The Province)
VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver mom is celebrating her victory over a former NBA player in a bitter child custody battle that went to the country's highest court.

Kimberly Van de Perre says she is overwhelmed and happy after today's Supreme Court of Canada decision.

The justices ruled 9-0 that four-year-old Elijah is better off with his mother than the father.

The court overturned a B.C. Court of Appeal judgment that gave custody to former Vancouver Grizzlies star Blue Edwards.

The 35-year-old basketball player, who is married, met Van de Perre five years ago at a Vancouver bar.

They began an 18-month affair that produced their son, Elijah.

Van de Perre says she wanted to believe the ruling would go in her favour but didn't get her hopes too high in case she was let down.

The 27-year-old Van de Perre currently collects $3,500 a month in child support.

In making its decision, the high court faced a cauldron of issues, including race, wealth, sexual morality and the benefits of two-parent versus single-parent families.

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