As is the case with so many Texas family law issues, child custody is often emotionally trying and incredibly difficult to even begin to make headway with. Families who are embarking on the process of having to decide where a child should spend their time and with whom likely are aware of the height and weight of this task. However, the circumstances do not always surround around father and mother.
In a recent case, one young actress was taken out of her mother’s home on allegations of at least two kinds of abuse. Ariel Winter, best known for her role in the hit series Modern Family, had made claims that her mother was physically and emotionally abusing her. Earlier this fall, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services found the claim of emotional abuse to be sound and the court awarded Winter’s older sister with temporary custody.
In the most recent update of this case, earlier this week it was reported that Winter will remain in the custody and guardianship of her sister pending a status conference come spring of next year. As well, her father will gain the guardianship duties of Winter’s estate during this time.
For Texas residents, trying to deal with all of the complexities of child custody can make the tough situation quite overwhelming. Working with an experienced attorney could help to better understand the different options available to you and know how to put forward your best presentation. Remembering the best interest of the child is key when deliberating such emotional and important decisions.
Source: eonline.com, “Ariel Winter guardianship hearing: Sister Shanelle Gray maintains temporary custody, dad Glenn Workman assumes control of estate,” Claudia Rosenbaum and Rebecca Macatee, Dec. 12, 2012
Secondary Source: eonline.com, “Ariel Winter’s guardianship extended after child services reports emotional abuse,” Natalie Finn and Claudia Rosenbaum, Nov. 20, 2012