With news about Sandra Bullock and Jesse James’ seemingly inevitable break up piling up faster than we can keep up with, the discussion is turning to Sandra’s fate as a stepmother. Namely: Will Sandra still get to be a part of Chandler, Jesse, and Sunny’s lives if she and Jesse can’t make amends?
To answer some of the questions surrounding Sandra’s rights as a stepmother, MomLogic has asked LA divorce attorney Steve Mindel to weigh in.
According to Midel, step-parents have no legal rights to visitation in the state of California. In some cases, that could be a positive thing — but in this one it’s not. Says Mindel:
“She can still see the kids if one of the parents is present — but if she wants to take the kids for five hours every Saturday independently, both biological parents will have to sign off on that. It’s not going to happen without the consent of both parents.”
“The biological mom could say, ‘I absolutely do not want this woman alone with my kids.’ And the biological mother’s wishes will take precedence. My guess is that Sandra is going to have limited access with these children unless she’s with Jesse — and I can imagine she’s probably not really happy with him right now.”
So, what’s the likelihood that adult actress Janine Lindemulder will grant Sandra visitation rights after that bitter custody battle last summer? Maybe not as bad as you’d think. In Mindel’s opinion, “war makes strange bedfellows” and Lindemulder may actually want Sandra help in her ongoing custody disputes with Jesse James … so they may actually end up needing one another.
According to Mindel, Jesse’s custody situation may be due for some changes thanks to his cheating ways:
“His rights were pretty dependent on the fact that he was in a stable marriage with Bullock,” he explains. “Now that he’s not stable, all of the custody could be up in the air. It’s up to the judge’s discretion.”
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