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Ariel Winter's Brother


She Belongs with My Dad

11/20/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ariel Winter
's brother was singing a different tune outside court this morning -- claiming his little sister belongs in the custody and care of their father ... and NOT with their mother.

Ariel's bro Jimmy Workman had previously submitted a declaration in support of his mother Chrystal Workman in her custody battle over the 14-year-old actress --denying allegations his mother physically and emotionally abused Ariel.

But outside court today, Jimmy said, "Hopefully my father gets custody of my sister, which it should be."

Meanwhile, Ariel's dad Glenn Workman filed his own declaration in the case, writing, "I am physically, emotionally, and financially capable of caring for my daughter, without limitation."

The judge just recessed for lunch, so he can read the reports from the Dept. of Children and Family Services.


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From a legal standpoint, Ariel's father will get custody unless he is proven to be unable to care for her. Ariel's sister has absolutely no standing in court. It doesn't matter if he hasn't seen her in years. Just being a deadbeat, absentee dad isn't enough. There has to be actual harm or abuse.

There have been very tragic cases of a parent passing away and their minor kids going to live with an ex who is mentally ill or a former drug addict. In one case, the judge could do nothing about the kids going to live with their dad who hadn't seen them in over 5 years and lived in a rundown trailer. The only way other family members only got the kids away from the father after they reported him dozens of times to CPS for neglecting the kids. And the family members were told off by the judge for not helping the father rather than trying to get him busted.

In Ariel's case, even if she says she wants to live with her sister and her job is in LA, it doesn't matter. It's no different than a kid saying they don't want to live with their parent(s). Kids don't get to say they want to live with another relative when they have a biological parent that is at all competent.

703 days ago


Has it crossed any bodies mind that this girl who has a history for a 14 year old may not be telling the entire truth? I've seen this several times in my profession.

698 days ago
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