Mama June Shannon is ready to fight for custody of her oldest grandchild.
The WEtv star has filed for permanent custody of her granddaughter Kaitlyn, just 11 days after Kaitlyn’s mom, Anna Cardwell, died of cancer. The Sun broke the news on Wednesday that June is asking for permanent sole legal and physical custody of the 11-year-old.
June’s custody filing came just one day after Michael Cardwell— Kaitlyn’s former stepdad and the father of Anna’s other daughter Kylee— filed for custody of Kaitlyn. (Following Anna’s death, Michael got custody of Kylee, since she is his biological child, unlike Kaitlyn.)
Interestingly, June states in her request for custody— which was filed on Monday— that she is “not aware of any interested parties other than herself that would have standing to seek custody of the child.”
However, The Sun reported that June was actually served with Michael’s legal papers on Sunday, so she was absolutely aware that Michael was seeking custody.
Anyway, June states in her paperwork that Kaitlyn should remain with her because the girl has lived with June for the last month. (Anna passed away at June’s house, where she was in hospice care for the last three weeks of her life.)
June— who has had emergency guardianship of Kaitlyn since December 15– said she’s been taking care of Kaitlyn since Anna’s death.
“Since the mother’s passing, child has remained in the care, custody and control of Petitioner,” June stated.
As The Ashley previously reported, Michael is asking that the court award him custody of Kaitlyn. In his filing, Michael stated that he has been helping to raise Kaitlyn since she was an infant, and has continued to take care of Kaitlyn, even after he and Anna divorced.
He also claims that he has been Kaitlyn’s consistent father figure since she was an infant, and that Anna considered Michael to be Kaitlyn’s father. (As The Ashley previously reported, Anna and Michael split in 2017, but Michael would take both girls—- not just Kylee–- during his custodial visits. He has also continued to pay for Kaitlyn’s schooling.)
Michael brought up the fact that, despite June being around for Anna since she was diagnosed with cancer in January, she and Anna had previously been estranged for years.
“Anna has had a very sordid relationship with her mother throughout her life and went various periods of time without speaking to her,” Michael wrote. “Likewise, June’s presence in [Kaitlyn’s] life has been inconsistent.”
“[Michael] is the only living person that has shown a constant and continuous interest in the child’s minor child’s well-being, and being in the custody of [Michael] will be in the child’s best interest,” he states in his filing.
The Ashley can confirm that June has hired a lawyer to fight for custody of Kaitlyn. (Michael also has an attorney listed on the court paperwork.)
June has yet to mention her custody battle with Michael publicly. While Anna’s final days were reportedly filmed for Mama June: Road to Redemption, it’s unknown if June’s custody fight for Kaitlyn will be covered on the show.
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