Here in Detroit, fans of the television hit "Modern Family" may be aware of some of the troubles facing one of the show's young stars. A judge has recently ruled that the sister of "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter should retain temporary guardianship status over her for at least several more weeks. Winter's sister was awarded guardianship after reports of emotional abuse inflicted by the star's mother.
The judge stated that it was clear that Winter was a victim of at least one type of abuse, which is supported by evidence from the local department of children and family services. Allegations of physical abuse have not been confirmed, according to a news report.
Winter was taken from her mother in November 2012. The mother denies abusing her daughter and has presented a sworn declaration from Winter's older brother to support her claims. Winter's father has also filed an objection in support of the mother.
Winter's sister became her court-appointed guardian during an Oct. 3 hearing. At this time, Winter's mother said that the reason behind the abuse claims was that she interfered in a relationship between her daughter and her daughter's then 19-year-old boyfriend; this relationship has since ended.
She also claims that Winter and her sister did not have a relationship until a few months ago. Winter's sister has petitioned the court for permanent guardianship, and a trial to determine custody is set to begin on Dec. 12.
Custody battles and matters relating to appointing legal guardians for children are very complicated and emotional situations. People who are interested in legal guardianship should research their rights and the legal methods available.
Source: E! Online, "Ariel Winter's Guardianship Extended After Child Services Reports Emotional Abuse," Natalie Finn and Claudia Rosenbaum, Nov. 20, 2012