For months, Kathryn Dennis has been waging a desperate battle to secure sole custody of her children, Kensie and Saint.
Now, the judge has delivered a painful setback to her case.
And Kathryn may have no one to blame but herself. ...
So, a while back, Kathryn Dennis asked the court to seal her current case.
It makes sense -- details of her custody battle with disgraced former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel have been reported left and right.
At the time, the judge agreed, and ordered the case sealed.
Now, The Blast reports that the judge has unsealed their case and ordered her to fork over cash to her estranged baby daddy.
Why? Because she blabbed about the case on Southern Charm.
"[Kathryn] remains dedicated to discussing the custody case in the media," the judge observed.
The judge noted that she had continued "discussing the father of her children, and her very private life."
"Therefore, sealing the record serves no legitimate purpose," the judge explained.
The ruling continued: "nor does it protect the children – who are routinely exposed to the public and media."
In other words, the kids are famous, so they're not getting any more exposure through this case than they would be otherwise.
"It is clear to the Court," the judge began. "That contrary to her own Motion and her Counsel’s argument."
The judge continued: "Mother has no interest in protecting the privacy of her children."
In court, the judge explained reaching this conclusion "based upon her frequent communications with the entertainment media."
Now, that may be a little unfair.
Kathryn did speak about the case on Southern Charm, but there's a difference between discussing a topic and sharing all of the details.
Kathryn was also ordered to pay a total of $3,500 worth of attorney's fees to Thomas' attorneys.
The judge may have given Kathryn the judicial equivalent of side-eye.
But that doesn't mean that all of this ruling was intended to punish her.
Exposing the case won't hurt her kids because they are already public figures, as we explained.
The court determined that it would do Kensie and Saint no additional harm for the court's record to be unsealed.
This ruling sounds judicially and legally sound to our (decidedly not lawyer!) ears.
A judge issues a ruling, the person who requested it seems to violate the spirit of it, and the judge reverses course.
That said, did Kathryn actually do anything wrong?
First of all, reporting what's going on in her life and discussing it is ... well, it's literally her job.
But also, as we suggested, a mother carefully choosing which aspects of her custody battle to discuss is not the same thing as telling all.
That said, this custody case being public knowledge shouldn't harm the kids -- enough gets out anyway.
You know what will screw with their heads when they're old enough?
The details of Thomas Ravenel's assault allegations. The guy is going to trial on charges of raping nanny Dawn Ledwell.
As they grow older, they'll hear about what allegedly happened one room over from where Kensie was sleeping.
Whether or not Thomas goes to prison, they'll know what sort of man he is.
This custody battle, even with its heated accusations, can't possibly do more damage in being reported than that, right?