Thursday, February 22, 2007

Guardian ad litem awarded custody

Judge Larry Seidlin ordered Guardian ad litem, who had been appointed early on in the proceedings to determine custody of Anna Nicole Smith's body, to meet with the three parties... with Millstein's sole discretion handling matters given to him!

Yes this Judge made the absolute right decision - the custodian of the body should be the court-appointed guardian for Dannielynn.

She's going to be with her son and have her son next to her, Judge Seidlin says amid some tears and choking up.

It's in Millstein's hands.

No problem, really, when Birkhead is declared the father, he will be able to have the bodies exhumed - should he so choose - on behalf of his biological daughter and legal charge, Dannielynn, and moved wherever in the world he determines, or he can purchase property in the Bahamas himself.

Seriously, folks, since Judge Seidlin ruled in this specific way, giving merit to the argument that the next of kin, Anna Nicole's minor daughter, Dannielynn, custody of Anna Nicole Smith's body, it is not a stretch of the imagination to think that the real, biological father should actually be the guardian.

The court's Guardian ad litem is a stand-in in lieu of the natural guardian of the child who would be the father.

Brilliant also, was the move of Debra Opri in court, to attempt to continue to press for Judge Seidlin to assume what she called his jurisdiction over the paternity issue.

Opri believed according to the statute the court's own Administrator ad litem cited for procedure, the natural father would have to be identified. Opri believes that father is her client, Larry Birkhead.

Judge Gives Custody of Anna Nicole Smith's Body to Her Baby's Court-Appointed Guardian
Thursday, February 22, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The judge presiding over the Anna Nicole Smith burial hearing ruled Thursday that Smith's remains should be given to the court-appointed guardian ad litem representing her 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn.

Broward County Circuit Court Judge Larry Seidlin said the guardian, attorney Richard Milstein, must consult with Smith's estranged mother Virgie Arthur, her companion Howard K. Stern and her ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead when he makes his decision about where Smith will be buried.

But the judge said he wants Smith buried next to her late son Daniel in the Bahamas.

"I want her to be buried with her son in the Bahamas. I want them to be together," he said, weeping while he explained his decision.

Smith's mother wants her buried in her native Texas, while Stern wants her laid to rest in the Bahamas.

"I have suffered for this, I have struggled with this, I have shed tears for your little girl," Seidlin said to Smith's mother about 15 minutes before he ruled.,2933,253662,00.html

Smith judge rules in favor of baby’s guardian
Emotional Seidlin tells lawyer Milstein he wants model ‘buried with her son’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Blubbering as he announced his ruling, a judge said Thursday he hopes Anna Nicole Smith will be buried in the Bahamas, but he left the decision up to the guardian of her baby daughter.

Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin steered a surprise middle course in the dispute, which became more urgent by the day when the medical examiner warned that the centerfold’s body was rapidly decomposing from her death two weeks ago.

Smith’s estranged mother wanted her buried in her native Texas, while Smith’s boyfriend wanted her laid to rest in the Bahamas...

Judge Appoints Lawyer to Advise on Custody of Anna Nicole Smith's Body
Friday, February 16, 2007,2933,252134,00.html

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