Paul Walker‘s mother Cheryl Ann Walker wants to be the guardian of her 15-year-old granddaughter, Meadow.
According to E! News, on Wednesday, Mar. 18, Walker’s mother filed a formal petition for guardianship with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The publication reports that Cheryl’s role as guardian would entail “deciding where the child would live and making personal decisions (medical, educational, etc.) for her.” The late actor’s daughter is the sole beneficiary of his $16 million estate.
If granted guardianship, the child’s biological mother, Rebecca Jo Soteros, would be relinquished of her rights to act on the child’s behalf in any capacity.
The petition documents revealed that the Fast and Furious actor also left guardianship specifications for his mother in his will. The documents go on to cite that Soteros has a drinking problem and that she and Meadow have both been living with her since August of 2012, long before Walker’s fatal accident on Nov. 30 of last year.
However, a number of sources say otherwise. Insiders close to Soteros claim that she is, indeed, capable of taking care of Meadow and that Walker‘s mother has blown the entire situation out of proportion. One insider also weighed in exclusively with E! about Soteros’ reaction to the petition for guardianship.
“Everyone was taken by surprise,” the insider said. This has been hard on everyone close to them. [Meadow and her mom] didn’t know,” the insider continued. “There have been discussions but no one told them they were going ahead with it. They first heard about it when they saw it on TMZ. They are very disgusted by this. It’s completely thoughtless and disrespectful.”
“It’s just crazy how people blow things out of proportion. She doesn’t have a problem or a serious drinking problem. From what I know, she has never once been incapable of not taking care of her children…Rebecca is a great mother and Meadow is a very happy child. Their relationship is excellent,” the insider said.
“They are good friends and very close just like any mother and daughter. Rebecca was basically the only parent raising Meadow for the first 12 years of her life. Rebecca is a former school teacher and good with children.”
“Knowing Rebecca, I know she would never let anyone else care for her daughter. She loves her,” the source says. “She has always been and will always be a good mother and there is no reason for a change. She will fight this, I’m sure, until her last breath to be [Meadow’s] mom. All she wants is to have her child.”
If what the inside sources have to say about Soteros proves true, this will be an uphill battle. The publication also reports that Walker’s mother only has two alternatives available to obtain guardianship.
Soteros would have to willfully consent to her request, or her rights would have to be terminated by the court. Although Soteros was charged with a DUI back in 2003, that particular incident alone would not suffice. Consistency of her alleged incompetence would have to be proven.
Hopefully, the situation can be resolved amicably. The child shouldn’t have to suffer more than she already has with the loss of her father.
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