Kelly Rutherford's Kids Ordered to Spend Summer in U.S.

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A judge in Monaco has ruled that the actress' two children will spend the rest of their summer on American soil.

Kelly Rutherford has made significant progress in her ongoing legal battle against her ex-husband Daniel Giersch over custody of their two children.

A judge at Monaco's Palais de Justice has ordered that the couple's children, 6-year-old Helena and 8-year-old Hermes, fly back to the United States with Rutherford to spend the summer with their mother, according to People.

This is the latest development in a contentious and public six-year custody fight between Rutherford, 46 and Giersch, 41, which reached a fever pitch when a California judge ruled that Giersch, a German businessman, should be allowed to take the children with him to France due to his American visa being revoked, barring him from staying in the country.

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Rutherford utilized every avenue of legal recourse and even started a petition, backed by some of her celebrity friends and peers, asking the White House to intervene on her behalf and to facilitate the return of her children to the U.S.

Rutherford later flew out to fight Giersch in court in Monaco. Her efforts appear to have been successful, at least temporarily.

After their time in the U.S. for the summer, Helena and Hermes will be required to rejoin the father in Monaco. Still, Rutherford said she's happy about the court's decision in the meantime.

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"I am pleased with the outcome and that the children will be coming to the U.S. for a part of their summer vacation," Rutherford said in a statement released to People. "I am reassured by the Monaco process and the judge."

Rutherford and Giersch will be facing off in a Los Angeles court on July 9, in a further attempt to find a long-term solution to their protracted custody fight.

Rutherford's efforts to retain custody has been difficult on the former Gossip Girl star, who says that battling her ex has cost over $2.5 million. Check out the video below to hear more from the actress on the toll this situation has taken on her.