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Kelly Rutherford Reunites With Kids In France After Losing Custody

Tue, September 4, 2012 2:36pm EDT by 5 Comments
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The ‘Gossip Girl’ star was reunited with her two kids over Labor Day weekend after losing residential custody to her ex-husband Daniel Giersch, which forces the children to remain overseas. Read on for all of the details.

Kelly Rutherford visited her two kids Hermes, 5, and Helena, 3 on Sept. 3 for an emotional reunion in France, where the little ones showered their mom with hugs and kisses. The trip came shortly after a devastating court ruling on Aug. 28 that gave her ex Daniel Giersch residential custody, meaning the children must remain overseas.

But the Gossip Girl star, 43, is fighting to regain custody. On Aug. 31, she asked the judge for a stay to allow the kids to be back in New York to start school while she appealed the custody ruling. However, the stay was denied.

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The judge also ruled that in order for the ex-couple to have 50/50 custody, the kids must stay in France with their father — who is banned from the U.S. since his visa expired — and Kelly would have to travel back and forth.

“Kelly is grateful for the outpouring of support from her friends and legal experts who are shocked that American citizen children can be ordered to live in France simply because their father is banned from entering the U.S.” David Goldin, Kelly’s spokesperson, told EXCLUSIVELY.

With the stay denied, Kelly lost her last chance of having her kids back in New York before school starts.

“They went away for the summer to visit their dad and now all of a sudden they are starting school in France, so I think it shocked everyone,” Kelly told Good Morning America during an interview on Sept. 1.

“I’m all for 50/50 and all for children having a mother and father and co-parenting — it’s just that the way it’s set up now — I’m a working mother. I’ve been the sole supporter of my children for their entire life,” she said in the interview.

“I have a job, so I mean I’m going to do my best to be there obviously every chance I get, but I can’t just be there on a regular basis when I have to work and — I mean, I just can’t pick up and go, you know, that easily.”

What do YOU think of the ruling HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

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