A Utah judge says it’s not enough that Gary Coleman and his ex-wife shared a roof after their divorce to award Shannon Price custody of the actor’s estate.
The judge says evidence does not prove Price’s claims that her relationship with Coleman met the state’s standards of common-law marriage.
Price is in a legal battle with Coleman’s longtime friend and business associate Anna Gray over the rights to his estate.
The dispute stems from several wills the former “Diff’rent Strokes” star drafted before his death in 2010.
A 2005 will names Gray as Coleman’s executor and heir.
But Price claims Coleman named her as his sole heir in a handwritten amendment he made to the will in 2007.Â Gray says Price’s claim to Coleman’s estate was voided by their divorce. She believes the judge’s ruling will clear the way for her to formally assume the role of executor of the estate.
In issuing the ruling late Monday, the judge cited witness testimony that said even though Price and Coleman lived together after they divorced there was little evidence of a committed relationship, despite Price’s claims. Gary Coleman died on May 28th, 2010 two days after falling at his home in Utah. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and lapsed into a coma before Price made the decision to take him off of life support.