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Judge Orders Financial Guardian for OctoMom's Kids

Yesterday an Orange County judge appointed a Santa Ana lawyer

to act as the financial guardian for all 14 children belonging to

"OctoMom" Nadya Suleman, in anticipation of a reality TV show's filming

the La Habra single mother and her brood. Suleman and her

attorneys had fought the petition for guardianship, brought by L.A.

attorney Gloria Allred and child-actor advocate Paul Petersen. The

OctoMom side claimed that Eyeworks, the U.K.-based production company

that will begin shooting the series, had already signed agreements in

accord with California's Coogan Act governing the employment of

children in film and TV.

The Associated Press reported

that Orange County Superior Court Judge Gerald Johnston dismissed

family privacy claims and found that an outside, impartial party was

needed to monitor the finances of Suleman's octuplets, who were born this past

January, as well as those of her other six young children. Suleman attorney

Arthur LaCilento characterized Allred and Petersen as "nosy"

personalities who were "grandstanding" before the media.

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