Hey ‘member when I gave y’all the exclusive tea on Karen Zolicak seeking grandparent visitation for Brielle and Arianna (and TMZ totally stealing my story)? I have a bit more information. If you have time you can click through to read, or just wait a couple of days for it to turn up on TMZ. 🙂
Anyway, even though I kind of like Kim, her behavior so far this season has been horrible. We’ve talked a lot about the visit to Kandi’s new house and her doing the dip at Nene’s party, but one thing that really bothered me was when she was opening the gifts from the grandparents for KJ’s birthday. The producer who came up with that storyline is just awful. It seemed like a way to insult both sets of KJ’s grandparents. First, I thought it odd that Kroy’s parents sent Kroy’s childhood stuffed animals as a gift. I’m not really even believing that scene. Who still has their adult children’s childhood plush toys? Perhaps they were looking to send something sentimental to the house of too much everything.
But when Kim opened the check and made sure the cameras knew it was for $25, that was a low level of tacky even for Kim. Today, I discovered that when Karen filed her request with the courts to see the girls, she filed the paperwork to bring the case “forma pauperis.” That means that she filed paperwork with supporting documentation that proved she is essentially destitute. It’s usually used in divorce proceedings where one of the parties, usually the wife, lives in an abuse shelter and has no form of income. When the forma pauperis documents are filed and approved the court costs are waived because the petitioner is indigent.
The other thing I noticed was that Karen is filing the charges pro se. Now Bob Whitfield may be able to argue his own domestic relations case, but I don’t think Karen Zolciak is up to the task. Coincidentally, the lawyer assigned to this case is Bensonetta Tipton Lane the same lawyer that presided over Whitfield v. Whitfield for the past few years. So things aren’t looking hopeful for Karen if this case goes to an actual trial. Sidenote: TMZ said that Kim was asking for the case to be dismissed and for her mother to pay her attorneys. That can’t possibly true. Kim does have an attorney who would be aware that Karen is claiming to be indigent. No judge is going to waive court costs and then dismiss the case and make the indigent party pay the opposing attorney’s fees. Also, the case has not been dismissed.As the case stands now, there is a 60 day Domestic Relations conference order in place. Remember, Sheree and Bob went through three of them before finally being granted a trial. Theoretically, Karen and Kim’s attorney are supposed to be trying to hash out an agreement. Realistically, I doubt that is happening. If I had to guess, I would say the Biermann family Thanksgiving will be grandparent free this year. And that’s kind of sad.
We’ve argued the Georgia law on grandparents rights already here if you are interested. Under Georgia law Karen does have a shot at being awarded visitation.