A judge has dealt a blow to a bid by Gary Coleman’s ex-wife to gain control of the late child TV star’s estate.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports Judge James Taylor ruled that Coleman and Shannon Price did not have a common-law marriage, despite living together after they divorced.
Coleman died of a brain haemorrhage in 2010. Taylor is deciding whether Price or Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Anna Gray is entitled to his estate.
The judge said Price moved out of Coleman’s home multiple times after their 2008 divorce and the couple did not give a public impression of marriage.
Price has said she and Coleman “couldn’t be without each other”, even after their divorce.
Ms Gray managed Coleman’s affair for years and said Coleman named her a beneficiary and executor of his estate in 2005.
At stake is a house worth more than 300,000 US dollars, intellectual rights to some of Coleman’s works and the Diff’rent Strokes star’s ashes.