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    Ariel Winter's Older Sister Granted Permanent Guardianship, Father Maintains Control of Modern Family Star's Finances

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    The longstanding custody battle over Modern Family's Ariel Winter has finally come to an end.

    On Monday morning a judge named the 16-year-old actress' older sister, Shanelle Gray, as her permanent guardian. Meanwhile, Winter's father will be in full control of the child star's finances.

    The orders are effective until Winter turns 18 in January 2016.

    Winter's mother, Chrisoula Workman, agreed to drop her objections to the ruling today in court under one condition: that her daughters watch a video montage of family photos before the court adjourned.

    Judge Daniel Murphy agreed and both Winter and Gray began tearing up as the pictures were displayed on a projector. No comment was made during the hearing by the actress, and she was told by the judge that it is her decision whether or not she visits her mother.

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    Winter has been living with her older sibling since 2012, when a temporary guardianship was initially put into place after she alleged that her mother was physically and emotionally abusing her.

    A different judge previously said that an initial report by child protective services found evidence of emotional abuse, but that claims of physical abuse were unsubstantiated.  

    During today's hearing, however, Workman insisted that the allegations made against her were false.

    "I have never abused my daughter," she told the court.

    Meanwhile, after the proceedings, Gray and Workman released a statement saying that "The family has moved beyond the conflict."

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