November 16, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

This makes the Dunphy clan look downright functional. Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old who plays the adorably geeky Alex Dunphy on the ABC comedy, was removed from her mother’s care shortly after papers were filed in Los Angeles on Oct. 3 alleging that her mother-turned-manager, Chrisoula Workman, was physically and emotionally abusive. (The papers claim Winter’s mom has hit her, insulted her weight, and engaged in “vile name-calling.” The actress is temporarily in the custody of her older sister, Shanelle Gray, 34, and has continued work on the sitcom.)

In a response filed Nov. 8, Workman denied the charges and claimed that Winter fabricated the allegations because she disapproved of her daughter’s older boyfriend. “I have loved and cared for Ariel in all her physiological and emotional needs,” said Workman — who also served as “momager” for Gray (a soap opera vet) and her son Jimmy Workman, now 32, who played Pugsley Addams in the 1991 Addams Family movie. Winter and her family are due back in court on Nov. 20 to establish permanent guardianship.

Parents just don’t understand… and neither do kids or spouses in this hit ensemble comedy
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TV Show
seasons
10
Genre
Rating
TV-PG
Airs
Wednesdays at 9:00pm
run date
09/23/09
Status
In Season
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