Kelly Rutherford unfortunately still has to pay her own way to fly to Monaco to see her children Hermés, 7, and daughter Helena, 4. The Gossip Girl actress has been in a nasty custody battle with her German-born ex-husband Daniel Giersch.
Since his U.S. passport has been revoked – she has to travel to the country and bring them back to New York for visits. According to E! News – she wanted Giersch to have to pay her travel costs but the judge ruled against her.
She released a statement saying, “What have we come to that American children can be deported from their own country – without doing anything wrong? The mother did nothing wrong…yet the mother and her children get punished? The father who isn’t even American wins. In an American court of law.”
Rutherford will soon travel to France to pick up her children and bring them back to New York City, where they will spend Christmas together.
The 45-year-old mom has said she has flown back and forth 45 times since her custody battle with Giersch began in 2009.
In September she told Celebrity Baby Scoop how she handles the situation with her kids.
She said, “You just have to remind yourself that you will get through it, because it goes on for a while. At the end of the day, it passes. The priority is the kids and when they have questions, I make sure to sit down and answer them. I try to be as kind and as respectful of them as possible, and I also let them know that I don’t always know either.
“I let them know that I’m still figuring out the situation but the one thing I do know is that their father and I love them. I let them know that we’re working it out and to enjoy each moment, whether they’re with their dad or whether they’re with me. You have to make them feel connected.”