Texas parents who have followed Kelly Rutherford's international custody case may have heard that the actress recently appeared in court on a jurisdictional matter. It has been reported that she had to demonstrate that the California court should maintain its control over the case.
Rutherford was reportedly dismayed over the fact that the court was focusing on her official residence. In May, she had gone to court after her former husband refused to allow her to see her children during a custodial visit to Monaco. However, that particular issue was not focused upon. Instead of working towards of solution so that she could see her children, she was being required to prove that she had residency in California.
The actress did not keep it a secret that she as living in New York city for at least eight months out of the year between 2007 and 2012 for filming. She even reportedly tried to move the case to New York but California claimed control over the case. While she stated that she often lived in New York as it was easier to travel to Monaco to see her kids, she did maintain a residence in California.
When parents decide to divorce, there are instances where one parent decides to move to another state or country. This can complicate child custody disputes, especially if both parents want primary custody or visitation rights. A family law attorney may help a parent demonstrate why primarily living with them would be in the child's best interests. Additionally, the attorney may also help work out a visitation schedule that benefits the children as well.
Source: New York Daily News, "EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Rutherford frustrated by having to prove California residency in 'bizarre' child custody dispute", Nancy Dillon, July 10, 2015