*Shannon Price, the ex-wife of late actor Gary Coleman, is asking a judge to formally recognize her as the child star’s surviving spouse.
According to the AP, Price filed documents last week in Salt Lake City claiming she and Coleman continued to live together and represent themselves as married despite their 2008 divorce.
Price wants a judge to recognize their common law marriage from the date of the divorce through his May 28 death. She is seeking the declaration as part of the ongoing battle over Coleman’s estate.
A note handwritten by Coleman days after his 2007 marriage names Price his sole heir. However, Coleman’s ex-girlfriend, Anna Gray, contends a 2005 document awards her the estate.
Coleman, 42, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage.