Kelly Rutherford's Kids Might Not Be Coming Home After All

We were totally psyched for Kelly Rutherford earlier this week, when a Los Angeles judge granted her sole custody of her two children, who have been living with their dad in Monaco for more than two years. But it turns out that the Gossip Girl actress might not get to take Hermes, 8, and Helena, 5, home with her to California just yet.


Another California judge has halted the order that allowed for Rutherford to bring her kids back to the States. She's been able to visit them, but has not been allowed to bring them home with her. 

Her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch, had his attorney file documents claiming that his kids' mom had "made fraudulent statements, and lied and made misrepresentations by omission" to obtain the favorable custody order. He also pointed out that the court in Monaco has jurisdiction over custody matters.

On her end, Rutherford alleged that Giersch was in violation of their 2013 shared custody agreement, and that he has prevented her from seeing her children. He denied those claims.

According to court documents, "matters of child custody and visitation were under Monaco's jurisdiction as of last October." So basically it doesn't matter what a judge in L.A. says, the kids are staying put in Monaco for the time being.

Judges from L.A. and Monaco are scheduled to meet about the international custody case on June 11, until which the kids will remain in their father's care.

Meanwhile, Giersch has become increasingly upset over Rutherford's media campaign. Celebs like Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Selma Blair, and Melanie Griffith have all publicly stated their support of Rutherford.

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Giersch's attorney, Fahi Takesh Hallin, said, "Her statement that anyone who brings the parties' children back to the United States in violation of the custody orders would be considered an American hero, is not only false as this would be an illegal and criminal act, but it creates a very real and present risk for the children's safety ... Kelly's statement that Daniel was deported from the US is false and should not be used to entice danger to the parties' children. Daniel has taken and will continue to take all necessary security measures to ensure that the children are not wrongfully removed from Europe and remain safe, healthy, happy and protected from any such threats to their safety and well-being."

I don't know the exact details of how the kids ended up in Europe with their dad, but I know that it's wrong to keep children from parents who want to be involved. I've been there and done that, and as much as I'd love to not have to share custody of my kids with my ex, I do it, because I know that it's best for them to have two loving, involved parents in their life.

I hope that Hermes and Helena eventually get to have that same privilege. 

Could you imagine living half a world away from your children?


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