Kelly Rutherford Has Major Breakthrough in Nightmarish Custody Battle

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It looks like a long, hard battle for Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford is finally over (or at least close to it): A California judge has granted the 46-year-old star temporary sole custody of her two children, Hermes (8) and Helena (6) after a six-year custody battle. The two children have been living in France and Monaco with their dad, Daniel Giersch, since 2012. Congrats, Kelly! This is great news! Except, Rutherford isn't quite out of the woods yet ...


Apparently the judge's decree only means that Rutherford has the right to bring her kids back to the U.S. for the duration for the custody battle, and it's unclear whether or not Monaco courts will honor the ruling. But still, this is a huge step in the right direction for Rutherford, who's been agonizing over the separation for years. 

In April, Rutherford told Good Morning America, "I can sit here and tell you how often I cry. I can tell you how it feels to leave my kids in a foreign country and seeing them after not seeing them for weeks on end. Not being able to bring them from school and pick them up from school, dress them, hug them, smell them."

It's truly been an awful situation -- apparently the last time Rutherford showed up to see her kids, she was denied visitation, with Giersch's lawyers citing concerns that she would kidnap the kids, and demanding she hand over their passports. Celebs like Kim Kardashian have been publicly supporting Rutherford's cause, and the actress herself has even started a foundation to help others like her called the Children's Justice Campaign.

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I don't know the first thing about international custody battles, but as a mom who's been through a divorce, I can't even begin to imagine what Rutherford has been going through. Being forcibly separated from your own children?! Torture!! So even though I don't know the details of this case, I know that it involves a mom in pain, and a family that's been torn to shreds -- so any kind of mother/children reunion sounds like a huge positive to me, no matter what.

Are you happy to hear that Kelly Rutherford is being granted temporary sole custody of her kids?


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