Kelly Rutherford Breaks the Law to Try to Keep Her Kids: We’d Do the Same!

kelly rutherfordCeleb mom Kelly Rutherfood's fight to keep her kids in the U.S. has come to an end, and it's not good from her perspective: A judge has ordered that her son Hermes, 8, and daughter Helena, 6, must return to Monaco to be with their father immediately.


Kelly and her ex-husband Daniel Giersch have been caught up in a bitter custody battle since their divorce in 2008. In 2012, a California court ordered the kids to live with the father in Monaco, and spend their summers with Mom in New York.

Since then, Kelly has been fighting for custody -- and disobeyed a Monaco court order by keeping her kids here rather than flying them back to Europe for the start of school.

From there, Giersch accused her of "kidnapping" them ... and a New York court upheld Monaco's ruling, so Kelly was forced to fly them back.

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All I can say is that although I don't think it's a good idea to disobey the courts, cops, or any institutional authority, I can see why a mom would try to bend the rules if it meant she could stay with her kids. Because I miss my daughter even when she's gone for mere hours at school. If I had to kiss her good-bye and not see her for the entire school year, I'd be a total mess.

That said, just because Kelly's efforts were understandable to me as a mom does not make them right. I can see why she tried. But laws are laws.

Plus, I bet all this drama wasn't great for the kids. But now that the decision has been made, I certainly hope things calm down for this family so the kids can start school in relatively calm circumstances.


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