I have heard pieces about Kelly Rutherford’s recent child custody ruling but didn’t want to form an opinion until I had more details. Someone on my blog sent me a link to today’s episode of The View which details the recent events in a California Family Custody case.
Last week, Kelly’s young children were taken from her because her ex-husband was kicked out of the United States due to illegal activities -suspected of fraud, drugs and weapon sales. You read that right. She (and her children) have had their lives ripped apart because he is on exile from the United States. There is something so wrong with a system that would take two small children away from their mother and ship them off to a foreign country. While I have ongoing frustrations with courts that are overburdened or uneducated on Narcissism (and other personality disorders), this screams corruption.
This was a man suspected of dealing drugs and weapons— a man whom was deemed so unsafe by the United States government that he can’t return to the US yet he is safe to raise these very young children? I sat with tears streaming as I watched Kelly’s face while talking about her children and this case. These children were uprooted from their home and shipped off by Judge Theresa Beaudet of California Superior Court in Los Angeles County. I felt Kelly’s pain and wanted to give her a hug right through the television screen.
Minor’s counsel was appointed to represent the children’s best interest and subsequently determined that it was in the children’s best interest to remain with their mother, Kelly Rutherford. Despite what the court ordered attorney recommended for the children, Judge Beaudet disagreed and ordered the move: “The best interests of the children will be served because the relocation plan for France is the only plan that offers the possibility of nearly equal parenting time while Giersch can not return to the U.S.” I ask: What is the point of appointing someone to look into the best interest of the children if you don’t plan to listen to what they recommend?
The worst part: The restrictions that the judge imposes are completely unenforceable in French Courts.
Click here to watch Kelly Rutherford on the view: The View- Kelly Rutherford
To read more on this case, see ABC News, “Two American Kids Shipped to France in one of the worst custody decisions. Ever.“
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