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Celebrity violates divorce order in attempt to get child custody?

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Illinoisans love their kids. They want to be there to watch and help their children as they grow up. But when the mother and father cannot get along, that often means one parent will primarily be the person who gets to watch and help the child grow up. That seldom sits well for the parent who misses out. Take, for example, the former Gossip Girls actress, Kelly Rutherford.

Rutherford married Daniel Giersch. The marriage soured, but not until after the couple had two girls, one eight years old, the other five. Following the divorce, a court awarded child custody to Giersch. He then took the girls to France.

Rutherford is not thrilled about having the Atlantic Ocean separating her from her girls, so she started a petition on We the People and enlisted the help of some of her famous friends, including Melanie Griffith and Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian clan.

Why is the petition a big deal? If it gets enough signatures, it will go to President Obama. Thus far, it has over 100,000 signatures.

Just one problem, according to Giersch's attorney. The petition and the subsequent attempts by Rutherford to have her famous friends gin up attention violates the child-custody order. That order prohibits either parent from putting the children in the media limelight. As a result, publishing and then publicizing the names and pictures of the children in the media is a major no-no.

No doubt this is only the latest salvo in an ongoing battle. Next up may be whether the court agrees with Giersch's attorney that the petition and its related publicity campaign violated the court's child-custody order.

Whatever the result, the situation should highlight the emotional and legal difficulties of divorce and child custody. To reduce these difficulties, Illinoisans may benefit from considering a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Radar Online, "More Harm Than Good! Publicity-Hungry Kelly Rutherford Violates Judge's Order In Child Custody Case--By Hanging With Kris Jenner," May 15, 2015

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