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After almost three years, actress loses child custody battle

Residents of Rhode Island may have been following the child custody battle between actress Kelly Rutherford and her children's German father. The case, which has been going on for almost three years, has finally seen a resolution, and it is not in the actress's favor.

A court has recently ruled that the couple's two children, ages nine and six, will remain in Monaco with their father. The case has cost Rutherford dearly. She has had to declare bankruptcy due to having to pay approximately $1.4 million in attorney's fees as she fought for custody of her children. Rutherford is appealing the decision.

Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for child custody battles to become emotionally draining. However, it is important not to put undue stress on the child. No matter how toxic the parent's separation or divorce was, the best interests of the child should come first.

Furthermore, when two parents live very far away from one another, child custody can become increasingly complicated, especially when it comes to determining with which parent the child will live on a day-to-day basis and how visitation will be handled. When two parents live in two different countries, as is the case with Rutherford and her ex, the situation is very complex.

In the end, it is important that any child custody and visitation schedule set by the court is fair not only to the parents but also to the child. While sometimes parents are able to develop a child custody and visitation schedule out of court, in other cases parents need to turn to a judge to make these decisions. In either case, having sound legal representation can help parents understand what to expect and ensure their rights are protected.

Source: The Washington Post, "Actress Kelly Rutherford loses her epic international custody battle," Helena Andrews-Dyer, Dec. 15, 2015

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