It has been a story that we have been covering for quite some time, and it looks like it has come to an end: Kelly Rutherford has lost custody of her two children, Hermes, 8, and Helena, 6, after an ongoing battle with Daniel Geirsch, her ex-husband.
The Daily Mail reported that Giersch was awarded full custody of the children by a Monaco judge earlier today. The children will continue to live with Giersch, a German businessman, in Monaco. They will no longer be allowed to visit Rutherford in the United States. Rutherford will be able to visit them in Monaco and France.
The actress will be able to have a say in the decisions about the children's "health, schooling, religious education and any change of residence." They will split Christmas, spring, and summer vacations, and Rutherford will receive $3,281 a month for her travels.
However, that doesn't seem to be enough for Rutherford who plans on appealing the decision later this week after already spending nearly $2 million on legal fees.
In August, Rutherford was allowed to have her children with her in NYC, but that was quickly stopped when she didn't take them to a court hearing and a judge ordered for them to be returned to Giersch.
Three days later, Rutherford opened up to the media in a plea for help. "I walked into a courtroom where everything felt like it was already done. It was a done deal," she told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. "And his mother was sitting there with plane tickets, smiling, ready to take them. Nobody had heard our argument."
She continued: "I was accused of things that I wasn't even able to defend. Kidnapping. [Giersch] was in communication with them every day. You know, I talked to my lawyers, they were saying, this is concerning on many levels."
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Up until this point, a few people have questioned her mental state, and worry about the safety of the children.