A Los Angeles judge refused to grant the children of radio legend Casey Kasem conservatorship Tuesday, saying that the star's wife is giving him good medical care.
The ruling was the latest in a tug of war between Jean Kasem, the wife of the former "American Top 40" star and his children, who claim they have been shut out of their father's life while he battles Parkinson's disease.
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In the latest legal skirmish, Superior Court Judge Lesley Green said she based her ruling on investigator and doctor reports that Kasem, 81, was receiving good medical treatment at home, making a need for temporary conservatorship unnecessary, according to the Associated Press.
The judge did order that both sides sit down to hammer out a satisfactory visitation agreement by time of the next court hearing on Dec. 20. Green said doctors told her while Kasem was getting good treatment, the radio personality said he wanted to see his children.
that visitation seemed to be at the heart of the standoff between Jean Kasem and her husband's kids. Marshall Grossman, Jean Kasem's attorney, said his client offered brief visits to the children each month and on major holidays.
"Jean has always been willing to provide visitation to these adult children, but under reasonable provisions," Grossman said.
The children rejected Jean Kasem's visitation offer as too restrictive. Andrew Katzenstein, the attorney for children Julie and Kerri Kasem, claimed that Jean Kasem's offer was unworkable.
"More people want to see him in the family and they want to spend more time with him," Katzenstein stated.
The children staged a protest in front of Casey Kasem's Holmbly Hills, Calif. home,
complete with picket signs, in October to draw attention to dispute between them and Jean Kasem.
Jean Kasem, who has been married for 33 years, told ABC News
that their actions were "intolerable and an unpleasant" for her and her husband.
"I care for him day in and day out, and do my best to provide for his care and well-being," Kasem said in court documents.
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