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Rutherford gets children for the summer

Kelly Rutherford has won a small victory in her ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband.

The Gossip Girl actress has been in a six-year-battle with ex-husband Daniel Giersch over the custody of their two children. Eight-year-old Hermés and Helena, six, currently live in Monaco with their dad after his US visa was revoked in 2012. While the bigger battle over where the children should live permanently rages on, 46-year-old Kelly has managed to secure the summer with them in the States.

"I am pleased with the outcome and that the children will be coming to the U.S. for a part of their summer vacation," she said in a statement to People magazine. "I am reassured by the Monaco process and the judge and although I still maintain my legal objections about Monaco hearing the case, [my] serenity is restored."

Last month Kelly was left disappointed when a ruling given by a Californian judge for temporary custody in her favour was halted because the United States does not hold jurisdiction over the case. Instead Monaco has full command over what happens to her offspring, which led to Monday’s hearing regarding their home for the summer.

While Daniel’s lawyer previously claimed his client had no problem with sending the children to America for their vacation like he had done since their joint custody plan was outlined in 2012, Kelly had reservations about it.

“I am concerned that he will try to further prevent me from spending time with them," she said in a previous statement.

The former couple were both in court in Monaco for the ruling on Monday, but will face each other again in a Los Angeles court on July 9.

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