Though many people believe that if they just had enough money and were famous enough, rulings would go in their favor, this is not always the case. The recent family court ruling regarding “Gossip Girl” actor Kelly Rutherford is a case in point.
Rutherford filed for divorce from German businessman Daniel Giersch in 2008. Soon after, the two began a lengthy custody battle over their two children, ages 5 and 3. Giersch, with whom Rutherford shares 50/50 custody, currently has the children with him in France, where he is living. Rutherford wants them back on U.S. soil, but Gierch cannot bring them back to the U.S., as he is a German citizen and his visa has been revoked.
The judge ruled that Rutherford had a flexible schedule and a working visa, so she could go to France to see her children at will, while Gierch is stuck where he is.
Rutherford has stated that she feels she cannot spend any meaningful time with the children in light of the extensive travel commitments that would be involved. She plans to appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, Halle Berry and her ex, Gabriel Aubry are still battling over custody of their 4-year-old daughter. Berry has filed a request in family court; she wants to relocate to Paris with her child, but Aubrey lives in the U.S. and does not want to give up his custody.