“Modern Family” star, Ariel Winter, returns to court as the battle for her custody continues. Judges will determine whether the actress should continue to stay with her sister in order to avoid her abusive mother, the Associated Press reports.
Ariel Winter has been living with her sister, Shanelle Gray ever since her mother, Chrisoula Workman was accused of physically and mentally abusing her daughter, the star of “Modern Family”. The case of the 14-year-old is back in the judges’ attention as they now have to decide whether Shanelle should receive custody of the girl or somebody else should be appointed to take care of her.
During the hearings that were held since October 3, the jury and the judges have managed to gather many more information in relation to Ariel’s troubled home. While the two sisters claim Chrisoula has abused them on numerous occasions, neighbors and people close to the family denied all accusations. In fact, the majority of them argue that the woman never laid hands on the two daughters.
Shanelle Gray was removed from her mother’s home in the 1990s after Chrisoula Workman was found guilty of physical abuse. Chrisoula, on the other hand, claims Gray was a rebellious teenager, who chose to leave home because she didn’t want to listen to her parents. Workman also blames Ariel’s rebellious nature for all the conflicts they had in the past.
Ariel’s father, Glenn Workman opposed the guardianship request claiming that he can take care of his daughter on his own. He filed papers on Monday asking judges not to strip his wife, Chrisoula of the child’s custody. Back in October, the judges declared that Glenn does not have the necessary abilities to take care of his youngest daughter. One month later, Glenn claims he is financially and emotionally capable of taking care of Ariel. Even though he acknowledges that the relationship between Ariel and Chrisoula has been difficult, most of the times, the father of the “Modern Family” star still thinks the mother should receive the custody.
The case has aroused the curiosity of Winter’s friends and co-stars from the “Modern Family”. They have all expressed their concerns about the girl’s relationship with the mother and have offered to take care of her until the end of the process.