‘Southern Charm’ Star Kathryn Dennis Says She’s “Beaten Down By the Family Court System” After Ex Thomas Ravenel Gets Full Custody & Moves Kids Away

“Damn that, Thomas!”

Kathryn Dennis is calling out the court system that ruled in favor of her ex Thomas Ravenel getting custody of their two kids.

The Southern Charm star shared a message to Instagram on Thursday, informing her followers that she feels “beaten down by the family court system.” She also stated that she feels tired of having to defend herself against “someone” who she says continues to retell history.

“It is exhausting to constantly defend yourself from someone who is trying to change reality – it can even make you question what you know happened, or what is true,” Kathryn’s post began.

“It can be exhausting to live two lives: one for your children and for the world (everything is fine), and the other where you are beaten down by the family court system. We see you and we stand with you. You are not alone.”

Kathryn’s online rant comes shortly after Thomas moved son Saint and daughter Kensie to Aiken, South Carolina—- a town nearly three hours away from Charleston, where Kathryn resides. Thomas recently posted photos of the kids enjoying their new place.

“So thrilled to have my daughter in our new home,” he captioned a photo of Kensie posted to Instagram last week. 

Currently, Kathryn only has supervised visitation every other weekend, only during the day, according to The Sun. As The Ashley previously reported, Thomas filed for full custody in October 2020 and requested that Kathryn only have supervised visits due to her allegedly using drugs and neglecting the kids during her time with them… along with some other unsavory accusations. (Kathryn has denied all of Thomas’ claims.) Still, Thomas was awarded temporary custody of the kids.

“How do you like them apples, Kat?”

Despite Kathryn and Thomas reaching a joint custody agreement in 2019, court documents filed in October state that Thomas claims there have been “changes” affecting the “health, safety and welfare” of the children, and that he believes Kathryn has “relapsed and is no longer sober from illegal drugs.”

“We have a witness who observed Ms. Dennis do cocaine while having custody of the children; a witness who observed Ms. Dennis leave cocaine on an open dresser within reach of the children,” the document reads.

Kathryn denied those claims, stating in court documents, “I do not use cocaine so naturally I have not left any out for our children to access.”

Earlier this week, Kathryn posted on Instagram about her “battle” to get more time with her kids.

“My necklace says Mama on the front, Kensie on one side and Saint on the other, with Inner Strength close to the heart ♥️ #battlelessons,” she captioned a selfie. 

Kathryn is due to begin filming for ‘Southern Charm’ Season 8 next month. It is unknown if her custody battle with Thomas will be covered on the show. 

RELATED STORY: Former ‘Southern Charm’ Star Thomas Ravenel Says His Kids Would “Go Into Foster Care” Before Kathryn Dennis is Granted Full Custody

14 Responses


  1. I think she’s an addict. I also think t-rav is an addict and a rapist. 1st season she was 18-19 years old and he was in his 50s so one could point out that he trapped her and groomed her. He gave her drugs and alcohol knowing she wasn’t legally allowed to and when she tried to break up with him, he got her pregnant. Neither should be raising children.


      1. But I agree with everything else, they’re both addicts & have no business raising children at all. Thomas can afford nannies, he’s not doing any actual parenting. Let’s not kid ourselves here.


  2. I used to take a lot of shi$ because I never care for her from the beginning. I could tell she had a drinking problem by the way she acted out. But paired with Thomas Rev…It was hard to tell who was the worst.


  3. Exactly!…..and focusing on the bleached hair….and fake eyelashes.

    At first I thought it was going to be an ad for the necklace.
    Stop selling your family drama. Someday you may see you’re actually selling (out) your family.


  4. It s unfortunate Kathryn has addiction issues and that has affected custody issues. The fact she’s not taking accountability or addressing it is a red flag.

    Aiken SC is in the middle of nowhere and a random place to move the children. 3 hours away from Charleston is a decent car drive to visit. If there’s a will there’s a way.

    I’m not saying Thomas is a great parent either but at this point he seems like the lesser of the two evils. He hired a nanny I believe from an article on this site from within the last year.


  5. Thomas has custody because SC is the good old boy’s club where men stick together and money talks. He’s a rapist.


  6. Yeah….I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the court isn’t going to only allow supervised visitation every other week for baseless allegations. There were probably some failed drugs tests or damning witness testimony involved here.


  7. Neither is qualified to parent. They should be on supervised visitation at most. I can’t understand a judge giving children to someone who was recently charged with a s*x crime and plead guilty. She can’t be bothered to stay clean long enough to keep the kids safe and away from him.


    1. I believe Thomas’s charges were like third degree sexual assault. Which in SC, and with money apparently, you can get away with anything. It’s the good ol boys club. ?


  8. If she went from joint custody to supervised visits for a few HOURS every OTHER week….then she obviously was making some VERY bad choices and once again, putting herself and partying FIRST.
    Ravenel is a TOOLBAG, and has done time with federal drug charges, so you have to be a shit person for him to be the winner in the parent of the year contest.

    She has cried victim for years, and Bravo gives her a platform to do so, and a place to make lots of $$ to fund her drug habit. Let’s not forget her racist comments…

    There was a time I felt bad for Kathryn, but not anymore.


  9. Love how she’s pretending to be showing a picture of her necklace when in fact she made a point to show her cleavage.

    If the selfie really was about necklace, it would have focused more into it instead of out so the cleavage can be included.

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