International custody battles can be tricky. Even with today’s technology that allows for talking, texting and even video conferencing with parents who live far away, maintaining parental bonds and staying actively involved in a child’s life is difficult from a distance. It is very common for one or even both parties to be unhappy with an international custody arrangement, as it often involves one parent keeping the children for most of the year and the other parent getting the children for weeks at a time in the summers or during school holidays.
However, another common issue in these disputes is money. Traveling abroad can be very expensive, even for those with above average means, and actress Kelly Rutherford has been arguing in her ongoing custody dispute with her German-born ex. Rutherford’s children are currently in the middle of the couple’s international custody dispute that has been highly publicized over the last few years.
The actress most recently told a judge that one of the major issues with the children living abroad in Monaco with their father was that she could not afford to travel frequently to visit them. Rutherford testitifed that when the order was first put in place, she was flying over to see the children approximately once a month. As time passed, she was not able to afford to have visits as frequently. The actress claimed she was also not able to work as much because of the frequent traveling and filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
Whether you are faced with the possibility of having to travel overseas to visit your children or have been dealing with a current international custody order that isn’t working anymore, a lawyer who deals with family law issues can help you get a better understanding of your options and best choices moving forward.
Source: Global News, “Actress Kelly Rutherford testifies at custody hearing,” Anthony McCartney, July 10, 2015
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