Kelly Rutherford's Custody Battle Takes a Sad Turn

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A judge has ruled that Kelly Rutherford can no longer fight for full custody of her children in the state of California. Her son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6, have been living with her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, in Monaco since 2012, after his U.S. visa had been revoked. In 2013, a judge ruled that Giersch was no longer required to pay for trips for his children to visit Rutherford in the States. The Gossip Girl actress was granted temporary custody by a California judge back in May.

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We are extremely disappointed with the Ruling,” Rutherford’s attorney, David J. Glass, told Us Weekly. “Although the Court agreed with our analysis of the law, and in fact agreed with our position that citizens can have more than residence for jurisdictional purposes, the Court ultimately did not agree with us on the facts.” Rutherford and Giersch divorced in 2008 and have been in a tumultuous custody battle ever since. According to People, Rutherford has traveled back and forth to see her children more than 70 times. In 2013, she filed for bankruptcy after her assets were drained from travel expenses and legal fees.


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Rutherford Custody Case Court Ruling


I get that people want to feel sorry for her, given her campaign to make it appear as though her kids have been kidnapped and she is being denied visitation, but please read the court ruling made in 2012 where the judge makes it clear that everything that has happened was HER FAULT because of her vindictive actions, as well as makes clear that travel to Monaco to see her children will be paid for by the father (6 trips) as well as room and board for said trips.