Nevada fans of actress Kelly Rutherford may be interested to learn that a California family court judge has halted a May 22 court order that demanded her ex-husband return the couple's two children to the United States from overseas. Rutherford's ex-husband claimed she made "fraudulent statements" to obtain temporary custody of the children during the hearing that resulted in that order.
After two years of marriage, Rutherford and her German husband filed for divorce in 2008. The two shared custody of their son and daughter, now ages 6 and 8, until her ex-husband was denied re-entry into the U.S. following a trip abroad with the children. In 2012, a California judge ruled that the kids, who are American citizens, should remain in their father's custody in France while he worked on resolving his visa issue. Rutherford, 46, has been battling to bring them home to the U.S. ever since.
Rutherford's ex-husband has allegedly filed to have the children granted Monaco citizenship and argues that Monaco courts should have jurisdiction over the custody case. However, Rutherford's lawyer claims it is unconstitutional for Monaco to impose citizenship on visiting U.S. citizens and that Monaco may not have jurisdiction. The children will reportedly remain with their father overseas until another hearing takes place.
Child custody disputes can often be complicated and emotional, particularly when international borders are involved. A parent who is dealing with relocation issues and wishes to know how they may affect existing custody and visitation orders may wish to meet with a family law attorney for advice.
Source: Latin Post, "Kelly Rutherford Custody Case: Judge Halts Order for Father to Return Children From Monaco," Nick Younker, May 31, 2015