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I’ve got some Breaking News from the ATL regarding Kim Zolciak, ya’ll. As you may recall, Kim’s show Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding gave us a peek into Kim’s relationship with her mother, Karen Zolciak. Karen seemed to have her feelings hurt when she was left out of the wedding planning process and was ultimately ejected from the wedding as seen on the finale. I had hoped that the rift between the two was amplified for the show, but that unfortunately does not seem to be the case.
I now have an update on what has occurred since the Wedding… Click through for the tea.
On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Karen Zolciak sued Kim Zolciak Biermann in Fulton Superior Court seeking visitation rights over her granddaughters. It is a pro se filing, meaning she has no lawyer representing her. According to a legal source familiar with the filing, “ Plaintiff is seeking the right to regularly see her granddaughters, who are the daughters of Kim Zolciak Biermann, who is a star on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The girls live such a crazy, abnormal life being on T.V., they need a normal haven to relax and unwind and just be kids. Plaintiff was portrayed as a bad person on defendant’s show Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding which featured defendant’s wedding to Kroy Bierrman. In addition, plaintiff claims she has not seen defendant’s new baby since he was born.”
Sadly, it sounds like Karen has not seen her grandchildren much, if at all, since the Wedding on November 11, 2011. Furthermore, she has claims she has not seen her newest grandchild, Kash Kade Biermann at all. Looks like Kim has essentially cut her mother out of the family since her wedding. I expect this case to get ugly. I’ll keep y’all posted as the case moves forward.
UPDATE: I have contacted a legal advisor to Tamara Tattles for a complete understanding on grandparent rights in Georgia. Based on my limited research it looks like this case may be thrown out because there is no divorce or death of a parent involved. Also, there is no previous history of financial support on the part of the grandparent and there may not have been a regular schedule of visitation prior to the filing. Again, I am not a practicing attorney so I am reaching out to someone who is for further explanation. It does seem from what I have read if both parents are married they retain the sole rights to determine whether or not to allow grandparents visitation. More updates to follow.
Update2: A few more things. I don’t know why it did not occur to me that the granddaughters don’t have their legal fathers in the home. This is helpful to Karen’s case. Also helpful is the fact that Kim lived with her mother at least briefly while she was unmarried and Karen cared for the kids. Also the girls had a prior relationship with Karen. So it may be that she can get visitation with the girls but not Kroy’s kids.
Also Karen has a twitter account with one post in 2010 five in 2011, most are to Brielle one or two for Kim, and one posted on June 15, 2012 that say simply, “Karma…Just sayin’…” What happened on June 15th? I dunno but the season finale aired the night before on June 14th. You guys still think this is staged? I don’t.
Also, I’ve gotten lots of questions about why the petition refers to “grand-daughters.” I believe that Georgia law requires among other things “a history of previous regular visitation” in order for a grandparents rights to visitation to be granted. Because the rift occured at the wedding last November, there is likely nothing to support a history of visitation with KJ, and clearly she has not been allowed to see Kash. I feel like this whole thing is designed to shame Kim into allowing her mother to see the children as the case itself may never see the light of day. We shall see.