Kelly Rutherford is one happy momma. The former Gossip Girl actress will soon have her two children back in her arms after winning a long custody battle with her ex. HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that she’s ‘beyond overjoyed’ with the ruling.
Kelly Rutherford, 46, has waited three years for her kids to come home, but now the wait is over. The actress has been in a long custody battle with ex-husband Daniel Giersch, 41, but finally she has been temporarily awarded with sole legal and physical custody of her two children, Hermes, 8, and Helena, 5.
Kelly Rutherford: Over The Moon About Getting Her Kids Back
Kelly’s children Hermes and Helena must return to Los Angeles from Monaco, according to a California court order filed on May 22. They two tykes have been living with their dad in Europe since 2012 and their poor mom has been doing her best to bring them back ever since.
“She’s still in a state of disbelief,” a friend close to Kelly tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “She never gave up hope, she wants nothing but the best for the kids.”
Our source went on to say, “She’s well aware that the battle isn’t over yet. Having her ‘babies’ return to her is like a dream come true.” So amazing.
Kelly is also planning on giving her daughter a giant birthday celebration for her sixth birthday. “She’s planning a magical and unforgettable birthday party for Helena who turns 6 on June 10.” That’s so wonderful.
Kelly Granted Sole Custody Of Children
Kelly’s lawyer, Wendy Murphy, released the following statement to People:
“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. Monaco officials know that sending the children back to America is the right thing to do. I’m looking forward to the happy reunion of the children not only with their mother, but also with their country!”
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— Brittany King, Reporting Sandra Clark