Neighbours spoilers: Will Claudia Watkins win custody of Aster?

Neighbours, Claudia Watkins, Samantha Fitzgerald

The Kennedy family fear the worst as they face-off against Claudia Watkins on Neighbours to find out who'll get custody of baby Aster...

The Kennedy family are reeling from the SHOCK announcement by Claudia Watkins (played by guest star Kate Raison) that she is challenging them over custody of her baby granddaughter, Aster on Neighbours (1:45pm/5:30pm on Channel 5, see our TV Guide for full listings).

But there's another shock to come when the family discover Claudia is being represented by ruthless legal eagle, Samantha Fitzgerald (Simone Buchanan), who has her own grudge against Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) because of events involving the couple's daughter, Libby and Samantha's then husband, Daniel.

Toadie Rebecchi (Ryan Maloney) tries to assure the Kennedys that Claudia doesn't have a case against them.

But when Karl, Susan and lawyer Toadie face-off against Claudia and Sam at a custody hearing, suddenly it looks like things may not go their way...

Will Aster remain at Number 28 or will Claudia finally get what she wants?

Neighbours, Susan Kennedy, Karl Kennedy

With their relationship already looking shaky, there's more conflict between Karl and Susan over the custody hearing on Neighbours

Elsewhere, Ned Willis (Ben Hall) wins Employee of the Month for his hotel porter job at Lassiters.

But is Ned getting bored of carrying around the bags and belongings of hotel guests?

Feeling the need to move on and do something different, could Ned's stepmum and boss, Terese Willis (Rebekah Elmaloglou) have an unexpected solution to Ned's career crisis?

Neighbours continues weekdays at 1:45pm/5:30pm on Channel 5

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Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

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