Courtney Love Loses Legal Control of Daughter


Courtney Love - Frances Bean Cobain

Courtney Love lost legal control of her 17-year-old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.

TMZ reports that the guardians appointed by the court are Kurt Cobain’s mom Wendy O’Connor and Kurt’s sister Kimberly Dawn Cobain. The temporary legal guardianship was established on Friday without Courtney Love’s presence.

Apparently, the guardianship is for both Frances Bean personally and her financial well-being. However, they won’t have power over the trust established after Kurt’s death.

Courtney’s friend and lawyer, Keith Fink told TMZ, “Frances is 17 and a strong-willed child, and this is a decision she made on her own. Courtney wants to say she loves her daughter and she’s the most important thing in her life.” As for the guardianship, Fink says Courtney knows her grandma will take care of Frances Bean. He added, “Courtney’s been clean for years and is perfectly fine. This is simply about Frances preferring to live with her grandmother at this time.”

Geraldine Wyle, a lawyer for Frances and the two guardians, said only, “This is a private family matter.”

In 2003, LA County officials also removed Frances from her mother after Courtney was arrested for attempting to break into her ex-boyfriend’s home. O’Connor was then given legal control over Frances, but Courtney regained custody in January 2005 after turning her life around.

A hearing on the matter is set for Feb. 10.

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