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Octo-Mom Wins Court Appeal

Aug. 7 2009, Published 5:11 a.m. ET

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A win in court for Octo-Mom as a California appeals court ruled that Nadya Suleman's octuplets don't have to have a court-appointed guardian to oversee their estate.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal issued the temporary stay Thursday. It overturns last month's order by a Superior Court probate judge appointing an independent lawyer to watch over the babies' finances.

Paul Peterson, a former Disney Mouseketeer who is an advocate for the fair treatment of children in entertainment, filed the petition seeking the independent lawyer in Orange County.

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Suleman appealed, and the appeals court ruled that the probate court lacked jurisdiction and that Peterson lacked legal standing.

The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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