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Cher and Son Elijah Blue Allman ‘Pause’ Conservatorship War Amid Mediation

Cher and Son Elijah Blue Allman ‘Pause’ Conservatorship War Amid Mediation
The singer previously sought a conservatorship to address her son’s alleged addiction and mental health concerns

Cher and her son Elijah Blue Allman have agreed to place their conservatorship battle on ice while they try to resolve their dispute behind closed doors, new court filings in Los Angeles reveal.

The temporary truce was reached at a private mediation held May 7, according to paperwork obtained by Rolling Stone. “At the conclusion of the mediation, the parties agreed to pause all legal proceedings and related activities, including all discovery and motion practice, to allow the parties to continue working together to privately and confidentially resolve this matter,” the parties’ joint agreement submitted to the court says.

The superstar singer and her only child with late musician Gregg Allman disclosed their hopes for a “private resolution” while asking the judge on their case for a three-month delay in proceedings. The judge signed off on the request Tuesday, pushing the next hearing in the case out to Sept. 13.

Cher first sought conservatorship control over Allman in a Dec. 27, 2023 petition that cited his alleged “ongoing mental health and substance abuse” issues. Her lawyers appeared at an initial hearing in early January and asked for an emergency ruling granting control over Allman’s finances ahead of an expected distribution from his father’s estate. It was denied on the basis that Allman deserved more time to review and respond to his mother’s claims. Cher appeared by video at a follow-up hearing three weeks later but was again denied conservatorship powers pending a larger hearing. Allman attended both hearings in person and objected to his mom’s petition. At a third hearing in March, Cher was granted her first three-month delay to gather medical records ahead of a June 11 hearing. Her lawyers said the singer was willing to pay for private mediation in the meantime if Allman would agree to participate. “Cher would very much would like the opportunity to make sure she’s taken every possible step to try to resolve this informally,” her lawyer Gabrielle Vidal told the court.

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