As Kelly Rutherford's six-year custody battle with her ex-husband continues, the actress has finally received some good news in regards to seeing her children.
On Monday, June 22, a judge ordered the actress' two kids, Helena, 6, and Hermes, 8, are to travel to the US on July 3 to spend the summer with their mother. Following their visit, the children will return to Monaco where they are currently living with their father, Daniel Giersch, 41.
Kelly with Helena and Hermes in August 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I am pleased with the outcome and that the children will be coming to the US for a part of their summer vacation. I am reassured by the Monaco process and the judge. Although I still maintain my legal objections about Monaco hearing the case, my serenity is restored," the 46-year-old Gossip Girl star told People of the court's decision.
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When Kelly previously filed for divorce from Daniel in 2008, the couple agreed on joint legal and physical custody of their kids. However, when the star's ex was later deported from the US for his alleged involvement in fraudulent business practices, a court ruled the children should reside in Europe with their dad because Daniel was no longer able to travel to America to visit them.
Kelly and Daniel in January 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Though the actress appealed the decision last April by claiming the state of California had unconstitutionally deported her children, the judge disagreed and denied both their return to the US and Kelly's plea to receive full custody of Helena and Hermes.
"Now we look forward to the California court in July fixing this mess and bringing the children home for good. Their father can visit them here as he should have from day one because he is free to enter this country on a passport," Wendy Murphy, the lawyer who represents the children on behalf of Kelly in NYC, said.
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