One day before a hearing in the case was scheduled to convene, Glenn Workman filed an objection to a petition that would strip his estranged wife, Chrisoula, of custody of the 14-year-old.
Winter has been living with her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, since October 3 when a judge created a temporary guardianship for the actress.
Court filings described Chrisoula as abusive to her daughter, including slapping her and calling her derogatory names. The judge ordered her to stay away and not contact the actress until at least today, when the guardianship will be re-evaluated.
Glenn Workman's filing objects to the contention in Gray's initial court filing that he is not in a position to care for the teen actress.