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‘Modern Family’ star will stay with sister

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A Los Angeles judge recently determined that teen actress Ariel Winter should remain in her sister’s care and not return to her mother’s custody. The 14-year-old “Modern Family” star will remain with her sister for several more weeks. The ruling was decided upon by Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas considered a report by child protective investigators involving Winter’s mother, Chrisoula Workman. Investigators found evidence of emotional abuse toward Winter, according to Levanas. The agency planned to step in and take action of its own if Winter did not remain with a guardian. This court ruling came more than six weeks after allegations were made towards Workman of physical and emotional abuse of Winter and she was temporarily stripped of custody. Although Levanas said the investigators’ report found that the claims of physical abuse were inconclusive, an attorney for Winter’s sister claimed that they could be proven in an additional report. December 12 has been the date set by the judge to decide whether Winter should be placed into a permanent guardianship. Winter has been cared for by her sister, Shanelle Gray, since early October. Levanas says that he will work towards keeping the family together if the case remains in his courtroom. It is possible that the Department of Children and Family Services could choose to file a case of its own and remove it from Levanas’s jurisdiction. Workman has denied all accusations of abuse towards her daughter. Winter’s father, Glenn Workman, also filed an objection to the guardianship saying that he is willing to care for her, stating that he wants a better relationship with her. Judge Levanas says that Glenn Workman’s statement, however, conflicts with a report that he gave to investigators, and he cannot receive custody of Winters. Both parents agree that they just want Ariel Winters to return home and her sister is not a suitable guardian. If your family seems to be tearing apart like this unfortunate case, contact a family law attorney in Illinois today. The Davi Law Group can help you keep your family together, contact them today.

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