Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford has been embroiled in a legal dispute with her ex-husband, Daniel Giersch for a while now, and now, a judge has ruled that the children will stay with Giersch in France. Rutherford says of the ruling, "I will never stop fighting for my children."
The pair have been battling internationally over custody of their two children, ages three and five, who were visiting with their father over the summer. Apparently Rutherford expected the ruling to end in her favor, saying, "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."
She said of the ruling, "They're my babies and they're very young and this is going to affect them profoundly and I want to be there as much as I can to show them that this isn't my fault, this isn't something I wanted, and that's my concern."
It strikes us as a little odd that she seems more interested in proving herself to the kids instead of, you know, actually being there for them.
The judge ruled that in order to maintain 50/50 custody with her husband, the children must stay in France and Rutherford would have to travel back and forth from New York. Rutherford says that complicates things, because she's a working mother.
"I'm all for 50/50 and all for children having a mother and father and co-parenting—it's just 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. 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."
Giersch is not a U.S. citizen and can no longer come to the U.S. since visa was revoked. Rutherford's stance on the issue seems a bit blinded, since she commented,"I was pregnant when all this started so I did not expect all of this..."—one may predict that if you are involved in a custody battle and then become pregnant with another child with the same father, that things will stay as complex, but more than likely become more complicated.
Rutherford's children begin school in France on Monday.