Kelly Rutherford Custody Bid Halted By Judge-Kids Staying in Monaco
A judge has put the brakes on Kelly Rutherford’s efforts to gain custody of her two children. Just when it looked like Rutherford won custody of her kids, ex-husband Daniel Giersch’s attorneys stepped in snagging custody back before the ink was even dry on the papers.
In what can only be described as a long and acrimonious fight, Rutherford and Giersch have been engaging in a legal jousting match for custody of eight-year-old Hermes and six-year-old Helena. They had appeared to settle into a strained shared custody agreement before Giersch’s visa was revoked barring him from living or visiting the United States. Based on that, a judge granted him physical custody. He has been living in Monaco with the kids for several years as Rutherford has attempted to wrest custody away from him.
Giersch’s lawyers believe Rutherford is behind the revoked visa, a charge her attorneys adamantly deny. Rutherford’s attorneys claim Giersch has made no attempt to get a visa which, they believe, would ease the custody issue. Rutherford has obtained 100,000 signatures on a petition sent to the Obama administration requesting intervention claiming that the kids, as American citizens, have a right to live in the United States. The petition was backed by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Lisa Rinna, and Melanie Griffith.
Rutherford’s visitation was recently blocked by Giersch who wanted her to hand over the children’s U.S. passports to a neutral party before he surrendered the kids citing public statements she had made calling anyone returning the children to the United States an “American Hero.” Giersch issued his own statement saying it would be violating a custody order.
After getting word out in the press that she was being refused visitation, Rutherford’s lawyers went to court on Friday night right before Memorial Day weekend. She was granted temporary custody after a California judge issued a ruling declaring jurisdiction in California.
Not to be outdone, Giersch’s attorneys went to court claiming Rutherford’s legal move was sneaky and left out essential information. They claim Rutherford and her attorneys were aware that Monaco has jurisdiction and used the holiday to her advantage. A judge sided with Giersch and has halted the order granting Rutherford temporary custody.
Now it appears that the judge in California and a judge in Monaco will conference on June 11 to hash this all out. Did Kelly Rutherford pull a fast one going to court right before Memorial Day weekend or do you think she is being unfairly kept from her kids. Let us know what you think here at Haveuheard.