At last! After an emotionally draining and drawn-out custody battle with ex-husband Daniel, Kelly has been granted temporary sole custody of her two children, Hermes and Helena.
Finally! After three years of fighting with ex-husband Daniel Giersch, 41, Kelly Rutherford’s kids are coming home to mom. The 46-year-old Gossip Girl star has been temporarily awarded sole legal and physical custody of her two children, Hermes, 8, and Helena, 5, by a California judge.
Kelly Rutherford Granted Sole Custody Of Children
Kelly’s children must return to Los Angeles from Monaco, according to a California court order filed on May 22. Hermes and Helena have been living with their father in Europe since 2012.
The breakthrough comes just days after Daniel reportedly did not allow Kelly to see the kids upon her arrival in France for a trip unless she handed over their U.S. passports to someone his legal team deemed “a neutral person,” PEOPLE reports.
Kelly’s lawyer, Wendy Murphy, released this statement to the outlet:
“We are ecstatic, and hopeful that Monaco will respect the California court’s ruling and send the children home. It has long been our position that Monaco has no jurisdiction because Hermes and Helena, as American citizens, have an absolute right to live in their own country. If the citizenship shoe were on the other foot and these children were citizens of Monaco, I have no doubt the United States would respect their right to reside in Monaco.”
Kelly must be ecstatic and overwhelmed with happiness. She has been actively trying to change the custody plan ordered by a California judge in 2012. Daniel’s U.S. visa was revoked in 2012, and Hermes and Helena were ordered to live with him in Europe and Kelly could fly out to visit.
Kelly Rutherford Gathers Support From Celebs Over Custody Battle
Kelly was recently denied the ability to bring her kids back to the U.S. She sat down with Good Morning America in April 2015, where she detailed the grueling experience.
After hearing about her ordeal, tons of celebrities came to Kelly’s defense. Kim Kardashian, 34, Kris Jenner, 59, Ed Westwick, 27, Michelle Trachtenberg, 29, and more stood by Kelly’s side and supported her White House petition to get her kids back.
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