A Los Angeles judge on Thursday told attorneys for actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband in Monaco to work out logistics for their children to spend the summer season in the United States until he determines if he has authority in the international custody dispute.
Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas made the comments soon after a telephone conference with a Monaco judge that aimed to figure out which court has jurisdiction to resolve the custody dispute.
Rutherford attended Thursday’s hearing, even though her former husband, Daniel Giersch, remains overseas.
The LA judge previously gave the “Melrose Location” and “Gossip Girl” actress temporary custody to bring her youngsters to California. But that order was halted after Giersch’s lawyers showed that the Monaco judge also was handling custody concerns.
The summertime check out by Rutherford’s son and daughter, ages 8 and 6, will take place as spelled out in a 2013 custody order issued in Los Angeles.
Fahi Takesh Hallin, an lawyer for Rutherford’s ex-husband, told Juhas that her client had no issue with the children spending the summer time with the actress.
Rutherford’s attorney David J. Glass mentioned he anticipated troubles with Giersch acquiring the children to the United States. But Juhas told attorneys they ought to function out the logistics, and any concerns would be dealt with later.
“I can’t envision that the youngsters won’t be permitted to come to the United States as they’ve performed for the past two summers,” Rutherford wrote in a statement immediately after the hearing. “But, so far, their father has not kept up his side of the deal, and I am concerned that he will attempt to further stop me from spending time with them.”
The actress stated she has been unable to see her children given that March.
“I hope this is ultimately coming to an finish, and my youngsters will quickly be coming house,” she wrote.
Hallin mentioned after the hearing that Giersch desires the children to have a connection with their mother.
The judge set a July 9 hearing to identify no matter whether he has authority to make new rulings just after Giersch’s lawyers pointed out Rutherford moved to New York right after a 2013 custody order.
Rutherford and Giersch are anticipated to testify for the duration of the July hearing.
The two married in 2006 and filed for divorce in Los Angeles two years later. They have been granted a divorce in July 2010 and continued to fight over custody until the 2013 order allowed Giersch to hold the kids abroad.
Rutherford also has accused her ex-husband of attempting to have a Monaco court adjust the kids’ citizenship. Giersch’s filing states the Monaco court lacks authority to do that, and no request to alter the children’s dual U.S.-German citizenship has been made.
Giersch was born in Germany.
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