Kelly Rutherford Loses Appeal in International Child Custody Battle

Former “Gossip Girl” actress Kelly Rutherford lost a bid to have her children returned from France.

Rutherford appealed a New York state court’s ruling granting custody to ex-husband and German businessman Daniel Giersch and allowing him to live with the children in Monaco. Rutherford and Giersch were married in August 2006 and Rutherford filed for divorce in December 2008. The couple have two children together: Hermés (age 9) and Helena (6).

In April 2012, Giersch’s visa was revoked after being investigated for fraud and tax evasion. A New York court awarded child custody to Giersch since he was unable to visit the children in the United States. In August 2015, Rutherford refused to return the children to Monaco and was subsequently ordered by Justice Ellen Gesmer of the New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan to return the children immediately.

Rutherford filed an application to appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Second Circuit denied her application on December 17th and a Monaco court issued a ruling on December 15th forbidding Rutherford from having the children visit her in the United States. The Monaco court ruled that Rutherford can “exercise her visiting and accommodation rights exclusively in France and Monaco” and affirmed that “parental authority is [to be] exercised jointly” by the parents.

Rutherford filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and says that she has spent $1.5 million on attorney’s fees in her divorce and child custody proceedings.

Source:, “Kelly Rutherford’s appeal to win back child custody denied,” Frank Lovece, December 18, 2015

5 Ways a Divorce Will Cost You Money

Divorces are not only stressful, but they can also hit you in the pocketbook. According to Samantha Fraelich, a financial advisor with Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates, many people don’t realize how their finances will be affected by a divorce.

Here are 5 ways a divorce can affect your bottom line.

1. Attorney’s Fees.  Even if your divorce is amicable, you can easily spend $2,000 to $3,000 on attorney’s fees and costs. However, if your divorce is hotly contested, all bets are off. According to Forbes, the average cost of a divorce is $30,000.

2. Child Support and Daycare.  If children are involved, breadwinners are typically ordered to pay child support to the other spouse. The amount of support is usually a function of the parties’ respective incomes and the amount of time each parent is spending with the children. Childcare expenses are often shared by parents, but many costs pop up at the last minute and it’s sometimes difficult to get the other spouse to pay up.

3. Taxes.  Once your divorce is finalized, your tax filing status will change from married filing jointly to single, which could increase your taxes. It is always a good idea to discuss the potential tax consequences of your divorce with a certified public accountant.

4. Retirement.  IRAs, 401(k)’s, and other retirement plans are often split up in divorces. The amount each party gets often depends on the extent to which the employee made contributions before and during marriage and after the parties’ separation.

5. Insurance.  Most married couples who don’t have long-term care insurance assume that their spouses will take care of them in their old age. Long-term care insurance helps ensure that a person who cannot perform the basic activities of daily living (such as dressing bathing, eating, toileting, walking, etc.) is taken care of and usually covers home care, assisted living, adult daycare, hospice care, and nursing home facilities.

Source:, “5 Ways Divorce Takes Your Money,” Kenneth Rapoza, March 12, 2013

Wrestler Ric Flair’s Wife Files for Legal Separation

Ric Flair’s wife has filed for legal separation.

Jacqueline Fliehr filed for legal separation against “Nature Boy” in Mechlenberg County, North Carolina, alleging adultery.

Flair and Fliehr married in 2009. Fliehr also claims that Flair reneged on a separation agreement whereby Flair agreed to pay her $4,000 per month in spousal support and $15,000 to cover her legal costs. Fliehr is seeking to enforce this agreement in court.

Flair’s attorneys reportedly told TMZ that Flair “denies the claims, contends there was marital and other misconduct on her part, and looks forward to the issues being resolved in court.” This is Flair’s fourth marriage.

Source:, “Ric Flair’s Wife – You’re a Dirty Cheater . . . This Marriage is Over!!,” December 4, 2012

Frankie Valli’s Wife Seeks Attorney’s Fees in Divorce Battle

Frankie Valli’s wife is seeking attorney’s fees to help cover her legal tab in their divorce case which has been brewing since 2004.

The Four Seasons frontman and his wife were married for 20 years and had three children together. Randy is currently receiving $30,000 a month for spousal support and her share of royalties from the band’s hit musical “Jersey Boys.” The couple has yet to reach a divorce settlement.

Randy claims that Frankie makes over $515,000 a month.

Source: Contact, “Valli’s Ex Demands Extra Money To Cover Divorce Lawyers’ Fees,” November 22, 2011

Dodgers Owners Battle Over Spousal Support and Attorney’s Fees

Attorneys for Los Angeles Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt are due back in court on Wednesday to argue about whether Mr. McCourt should be ordered to pay some of his wife’s attorney’s fees.  The couple filed for divorce 23 months ago.

Jamie McCourt is seeking $9.9 million from Frank to help pay her legal bills. Mr. McCourt has asked the court to deny her request and to reduce his monthly spousal support payments. McCourt says he paid $7.76 million in spousal support last year.

Both parties have accused each other of misrepresenting their financial positions to the court.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “McCourt attorneys back in court Wednesday,” September 13, 2011