Divorce papers, filed Apr. 23, show Jesse has no legal rights over baby Louis! A legal expert tells us this means Jesse must have given up his legal right to be a father to the baby he adopted. Read about this rare move.
In January, Sandra Bullock and Jesse James adopted their son Louis Bardo Bullock together, but family law attorney Vikki Ziegler explains to HollywoodLife.com exclusively that there’s proof in Sandra’s divorce papers, filed April 23, in Austin, Texas, that Jesse has relinquished any claim to being Louis’ father. ”There is no child under eighteen years of age or otherwise entitled to support who was born or adopted of this marriage none is expected,” according to the papers, which means they have decided officially not to parent Louis together. So the question is — did Jesse give them up his parental voluntarily, or was he forced to do so by a court order?
“Jesse James may be the biggest dirtbag in the world right now, but he has rights as an adopting parent,” Vikki tells us. Since the adoption was finalized, it’s unlikely a court would deny Jesse parental rights over Louis in the divorce if he asked for them, making it far more likely that it was his own decision to give them up. Agrees family law attorney Chris Mancini; ” you can’t just dispose a parent of his rights. In order to stop that, he’d have to renounce his rights and had court approval.”
Vikki also emphasizes how strange it is that the co-parent adoption was switched to a single-parent adoption in only six weeks. Usually this would take much, much longer. The fact that it was done so quickly also suggests even more conclusively that Jesse gave his rights to be the father, rather than being forced to do so.
If this is the case, it is also an extraordinary gift of , dare we say, love to the woman who Jesse james calls ” the love of my life,” in the statement he gave to People magazine. Whether he did it out of a sense of guilt or as an olive branch – hoping that Sandra would one day accept him again as ” the mate Sandy deserves” , we can only speculate. But in any case, what he has done is absolutely permanent unless Sandra allows him to re-adopt Louis one day. And unless Sandra allows him to informally “co-parent” Louis, as she would like to co-parent Jesse’s three children, ” Jesse is not going to have much more to do with this child– that’s the end of it”, adds attorney, Chris Mancini.
Also worth noting — Vikki Ziegler says it’s possible that when Sandra filed her divorce in California, she may have included a stipulation that she have full parental rights over Louis to make sure she’d be secure as the sole parent in both California and Louisiana.
Despite all the pain Jesse caused for Sandra as a result of his affairs, it’s nice to know that he is at least being cooperative in this new, difficult process. Let’s hope he does allow Sandra to co-parent Jesse’s three children, Chandler, 15, Jesse jr, 12, and Sunny, 6, who Sandra describes as “siblings”.
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