Kim Zolciak’s mother Karen has filed a petition for visitation with the Superior Court of Fulton County this week to gain access to her grandchildren.
Kim, who has been a cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” since 2008, has two daughters from past relationships: nine-year-old Ariana and 15-year-old Brielle. She married Falcons player Kroy Biermann last year after she birthed her first son with him, Kroy Jagger Biermann Jr.
In the complaint, Karen said her daughter has not allowed her to visit her grandchild Kash since he was born on August 15. “She won’t let us see our granddaughters (or our grandsons),” Karen wrote. “We understand that’s because Kim and Kroy are married and living under the same roof that we don’t have the same visitation rights & that’s okay. Since we’ve we’ve had a strong bond with our granddaughters, we would like that to continue.”
Karen said she and her husband invested a great deal of time over the years with Ariana and Brielle. “We have spent time with the girls on a regular basis since they were born,” Karen wrote. “They have spent a lot of time at our house cooking, baking, doing crafts, having sleep overs, playing with our dogs, making hot fudge sundaes, eating ‘Poppy’ burgers (grandpa’s hamburgers). We have gone out to dinner with the whole family and to Falcons games a lot. Before Kroy came into Kim’s life, we spent a Christmas in the Bahamas with them.”
“The girls lives such a crazy, abnormal life being on T.V. – they need a normal haven to relax and unwind in and just be kids,” Karen wrote. “They usually don’t want to leave when they come over because it’s so calm and comfortable at our house.”
She also said she wasn’t portrayed kindly on the Bravo spin-off show “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding” because Bravo “needed drama.”
“They had me taken out of their wedding reception by the Roswell police,” she wrote. “My sister Leslie & I used the bathroom in their house instead of the Porta Potty, even though family members had been allowed to use the indoor bathroom all night until then. Kim & Kroy haven’t spoken to us since then.”
“We have no comment,” Karen said today about the complaint.
I’ve reached out to Kim’s attorney but he said he had not heard about it.
Since Kroy and Kim are married, I don’t know how much in the way of rights the grandparents have to see their grandchildren if the parents do not want them to.
I spoke with Steve Worrall, a family law attorney who does not know Zolciak but is familiar with visitation rights. He said Georgia changed the law July 1 and expands the criteria for grandparent visitation rights, though Karen has to show clear harm by her absence.
A close source said Karen did take care of Brielle and Ariana in their younger years when Kim was a stripper and living with her.
Karen, Worrall said, did not necessary have any visitation rights over K.J. or Kash but may have a right to spend time with Brielle and Ariana. He said based on reading the complaint, Karen may have a case but it’s hardly a slam dunk.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk