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Paul Walker

Daughter to Live With Her Mom

IF She Goes to Rehab

3/30/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

03-19-14-paul-meadow-tmzPaul Walker's mom will back off her demand to become guardian of Paul's 15-year-old daughter, even though that's what he said he wanted in  his will ... but ONLY if Meadow's mom goes to rehab.

Paul's mom Cheryl Walker went to court this week ... ready to do battle with Rebecca Soteros.  Rebecca has a serious drinking problem, with 2 DUIs under her belt.  Her drinking is why Meadow moved from Hawaii 3 years ago to live with her dad in L.A.

We've learned Rebecca and Cheryl came face-to-face and Rebecca grudgingly told Cheryl she would go to rehab immediately.  Cheryl then promised she would drop her bid for guardianship if Rebecca successfully completed the program and agreed to drug testing afterward. 

We're told Rebecca said being with Meadow was the most important thing to her, and she knew there would be an ugly court fight if she didn't comply with Cheryl's demands.  So Rebecca started a detox program Friday, and will enter full-time rehab in a week.

In the meantime Meadow is staying with the Walker family.

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Clytemnestra    

Sure is a lot of drama in this family. Too bad for this teen. Here' shopping it all works out.

178 days ago
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BeiberVegasHoHo    

Yaaa yaaaa yaaaa...get sober to get sum of that cash. 🔣🔣🔣

178 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Paul's mom is not fit to raise her, is there anyone else

178 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

so...Paul Walker is still dead, right?

178 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

LOL, funny how white men get away with things in life. If he wasn't white he'd be treated like everybody like him... a danger to society that nobody would look up to.

178 days ago
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Anonymous    

TMZ keeps talking about his will like it is an iron-clad decree of what should happen ("even though that's what he said he wanted in his will"). It is not.
A surviving parent has a huge advantage in court since they are deemed the default person a child should go with automatically if the other parent dies. A will cannot override that.
His will means nothing except unless a court finds Meadow's mother unfit, and courts traditionally have given mothers so many chances that it is highly unlikely they would take her away. Even then, if the court finds the mother unfit, the court will only weigh his requests against other possibilities (like if Meadow's maternal grandmother wanted custody too).
Also, at least in my state, children can never appear in family court, nor do they have any official say. In my state, a child over 12 wishes can be taken into account via a Guardian add Litem (a lawyer representing the child), but even that is not set in stone.

178 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

DRIVING FAST TO SHOW OFF DOESN'T PAY AS WE FOUND OUT...............R.I.P.

178 days ago
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shakedoggy    

u wood think she'd stop drinking seeing that drinking and driving killed pawl walker along with his bookie.

178 days ago
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Erudite     

TMZ : Cutting costs in your writing dept. is probably not the best idea -

"Rebecca has a serious drinking problem, with 2 DUIs under HE belt."

178 days ago
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Ace    

You know, if there is life on the other side, Paul has to be dating Porsche Girl, what a perfect match...considering.

178 days ago
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burning_plastic    

I don't think his will should be a consideration. It's whatever is best for the girl.

178 days ago
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rlemons    

Well good for the family figuring it out.

178 days ago
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Googie    

Rebecca will do anything, even go to rehab just so she can have custody of the money .... I mean custody of her daughter's money ..... I mean custody of her daughter.

No daughter - no child support money. Ain't this mother's love grand?

178 days ago
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Gretel    

That poor child. It was all fun and games until Paul Walker died and all that maintenance money that went along with the kid was up for grabs. I am hoping the grandmother is doing this so the child isn't dragged through ugly court proceedings forever. The mother had let the child go because she couldn't straighten up in the first place, but it seems now there are big bucks involved with the child's custody mama is gonna get religion. Time will tell, but in the meantime that poor child is stuck in the middle. How tragic for that child's life.

178 days ago
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Bossy Potato    

I don't know how this will pan out. I just know the mother has a serious problem with alchohol and that is no place for a child to be around. I hope she isn't just doing this for the money. That would be sick.

178 days ago
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