Teenagers sue millionaire dad over girlfriend's adoption

John Goodman's adoption of his adult girlfriend, Heather Hutchins, was voided by a Florida judge.

February 10, 2012 5:17:07 AM PST
The biological children of a polo magnate are challenging his legal adoption of his girlfriend.

John Goodman is a Houston native. He legally adopted 42-year-old Heather Hutchins in October. The adoption will give her access to a third of a trust fund worth several hundred million dollars. The fund was originally set up to benefit Goodman's teenage son and daughter.

The fund's trustee is challenging the adoption. Goodman is facing a criminal trial and a civil suit for a deadly drunk driving crash. Legal analysts believe the adoption is a way of protecting assets from the lawsuit.

A probate court judge will have the final say on the adoption's legality.