In court documents obtained by Radar the comedy legend, 88, and her husband Brian Miller are seeking permanent guardianship of their grandson Dylan — as his mother Erin Hamilton battles a drug addiction.
“In the past 19 years, Erin has been in and out of rehabilitation centers and has been institutionalized a total of eight times for a minimum of 30 days each time,” the Annie actress explained in the legal papers.
Burnett detailed that her daughter had been put on a 51/50 hold for “suicidality and drug use.” She also explained that the boy's father battled substance abuse issues as well, and could not sufficiently take care of Dylan himself.
Now the entertainer is asking the court — who will make the final decision during a hearing later this month — to sign off on acquiring the help of Jodi Pais Montgomery to act as a private professional fiduciary in Dylan's guardianship.
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“Ms. Montgomery serves as the initial contact person for all of the needs and requests of the Minor, acting as a neutral facilitator for the communications between the Minor’s family members," the petition detailed. "Ms. Montgomery has communicated directly with both of the Minor’s parents."
The filing continued, "Any requests of the Minor’s and/or his parents have been forwarded by Ms. Montgomery to the Temporary Co-Guardians. This communication structure has been constructive for the family and beneficial for the Minor."
According to the petition, Burnett stated that Montgomery has been advising on the case since May, and has also provided assistance with her grandson's medical appointments and schooling needs.