As we reported earlier this month, Anna Cardwell's ex-husband is suing Mama June Shannon for custody of Anna's eldest daughter.
This is a complex topic. He is only the father of one of Anna's daughters, but they both knew him for most of their lives.
June filed her own response in court, citing several reasons why she believes Kaitlyn belongs with her.
On Monday, December 18, Mama June Shannon filed paperwork requesting sole physical and legal custody of 11-year-old Kaitlyn Clark.
In weekly contact obtained the documents in question.
June already has emergency guardianship of Kaitlyn. She received it on December 15 after her daughter Anna Cardwell died of adrenal carcinoma on December 9.
Naturally, June argues that she is the best mother to take care of Kaitlyn. She maintains that it would be as easy a transition as it can be for a girl who just lost her mother.
“Since the mother's death, the child has remained in the care, custody and control of the petitioner,” his court documents said.
June adds, “Petitioner previously had temporary guardianship of the child.”
“More recently, approximately one month before passing away, the mother and child began residing with the petitioner,” June reveals in her filing.
The same argument adds that June “is not aware of any other interested party, other than herself, who had active standing to request custody of the child.”
Which means that whoever is interested does not have legitimacy (according to June) and that whoever may have legitimacy has no interest.
Just one day earlier, Michael filed his paperwork requesting custody of Kaitlyn.
Again, Michael is not his biological father. And it doesn't appear that he ever legally adopted her during her marriage to Anna.
However, Kaitlyn's alleged father was a man named Caleb Clark. So far, there is no DNA evidence linking him to Kaitlyn. And he had no involvement in Kaitlyn's life.
Michael claimed in his court papers that he had “fully and completely assumed a permanent, unequivocal, committed and responsible parental role” with Kaitlyn.
He added that he had “engaged in the constant care of the child and had established a bond and dependency relationship with the child.”
In particular, he says he would take Kaitlyn alongside Kylee, his biological daughter, during the latter's custody visits.
Kylee is only 8 years old. She had a birthday earlier this month. She's probably the worst thing in her life.
Michael has also alleged that he is paying for Kaitlyn's education.
(It is not clear what exactly that means. We do not have detailed information on girls' schooling.)
Michael also highlighted the years of estrangement between June and Anna, and how Anna spent about half of her childhood with her grandmother, not her (extremely young) mother.
“Anna has been raised by her maternal grandmother in Griffin, Georgia, since she was about 8 years old and only returned to June Shannon's house when she was 17,” he noted.
“Anna has had a very sordid relationship with her mother throughout her life and went several periods without speaking to her,” Michael underestimated. “Likewise, June's presence in the minor's life has been inconsistent.”
As we previously reported, Michael claimed that he “is the only person alive who has shown a constant and continuing interest in the child's well-being.”
He continued: “and being in the custody of the petitioner will be in the best interest of the child.”
The court, of course, will determine that. This is a complex issue. We hope that everyone involved has Kaitlyn's best interests in mind.
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