Custody battles are often terrible and heart-wrenching situations wrought with complicated feelings among the people closest to you. It can be extremely difficult to go through, especially when there are allegations of abuse brought into the picture. Coloradans have likely heard of the show Modern Family and know of the younger sister played by actress Ariel Winter. Winter's real-life older sister has been granted custody of her temporarily, as the star's own family drama works towards a permanent solution.
The two sisters have been living together for a short while, after Winter was removed from her mother's home due to several abuse claims, including physical and emotional. Since the removal of Winter, the family has been seeking answers regarding her permanent custody arrangement and the abuse allegations that were brought against Winter's mother. The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services has been reported to have found support on the emotional abuse claim, reportedly resulting in the temporary guardianship for Winter's older sister. The allegation of physical abuse was said to be "inconclusive."
These kinds of disputes are perhaps made more difficult due to the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous issues being decided upon. Regardless of the outcome, the trauma that their family is going through and may carry with them for many more years could greatly impact other areas of their lives. Understanding the best way to approach a guardianship or custody dispute can be helpful for parents who fear the well-being of their child will not be cared for.
Colorado parents going through a similar situation may wish to work with experienced legal representation to help them achieve an outcome they can be comfortable with. As is usual for these cases, the decision made will likely take into account many different aspects of a Coloradan's parenting style; including income, location, proximity to other family and schools as well as history and experience with the child. Knowing how best to present yourself can help you as the parenting time and decision-making responsibilities are divided.
Source: eonline.com, "Ariel Winter's guardianship extended after child services reports emotional abuse," Natalie Finn and Claudia Rosenbaum, Nov. 20, 2012