Presley family feud grows as Michael Lockwood gets full custody of his twins Harper and Finley Lockwood
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The ongoing Presley family feud between Priscilla Presley and her granddaughter Riley Keough went on a whole new level as Michael Lockwood got full custody of the twins Harper and Finley Lockwood.
Michael Lockwood and Lisa Marie Presley shared custody of their twin daughters at the time of her death in January. The long-drawn seven-year child custody battle between the two ended on Tuesday, March 14, when the court announced in a brief hearing at the Los Angeles family that Lockwood has 'de facto' full custody of the twins, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
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'When one parent dies, the other retains full custody of children'
Under the California law, when one parent dies, the other retains full custody of the children unless the court finds the father or mother to be an unfit parent. And since, Harper and Finley's grandmother Priscilla nor any other family members have filed legal documents claiming Michael Lockwood is an unfit parent, full custody automatically goes to him.
Riley, who took her mother Lisa Marie's side during the messy divorce and custody fight with Lockwood, is furious that grandmother Priscilla did not raise any objections to the musician getting full custody of her granddaughters. She said that she is very angry about losing her teen half-sisters to 'outsider' Lockwood.
Lisa Marie's will
Before this, the 'Daisy Jones' star was already furious with her grandmother for challenging her mother's will. Lisa Marie cut Priscilla off from her will which contains the rights to the Graceland mansion and a 15% stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises in 2016 and made her two adult children, Riley and Benjamin Keough, her only heirs. Benjamin committed suicide in 2020, leaving Riley as the sole heir.
Just days after Lisa Marie's memorial service, Priscilla filed a petition questioning the 'authenticity and validity' of the trust and claiming that Lisa Marie's signature was 'inconsistent'. She also claimed that she was unaware that the trust had changed.
Help Lockwood crashed Lisa Marie's funeral
Besides this, Riley is also furious that Priscilla took Lockwood's side after Lisa Marie's death. According to a report by the People, Priscilla even helped Lockwood wedge his way into Lisa Marie's funeral ceremony, despite her late daughter's wishes. "Michael was not invited," a close friend of Lisa Marie told the magazine. "He came to Memphis under the pretense that he had to chaperone the twins, and he forced his way in with Priscilla's help. The last thing Lisa Marie would have wanted was for Michael to be there."
This act by Priscilla also bothered Riley. "Riley was always on her mom's side when it came to Michael (Lockwood),' one source told the magazine. "It bothered her that her grandmother and Michael flew to (Lisa Marie's) funeral together."