Rutherford was joined by her boyfriend and several friends for the Thursday proceedings

By Lindsay Kimble and Reagan Alexander
Updated July 10, 2015 02:30 PM
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Kelly Rutherford‘s ongoing custody saga continued on Thursday and Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom, as the former Gossip Girl star took the stand.

Rutherford – has long been separated from her two children, Helena, 6, and Hermes, 8, due to a custody disagreement with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch – posted a hopeful message on Instagram, walking arm-in-arm with Anthony Giovanni Deane, one of the friends – including Rutherford’s current boyfriend Tony Brand, an assistant manager at Gucci – who came to support Rutherford in court.

Although the actress was recently reunited with her children in New York City, she’s spent the last three years traveling between Monaco and the United States since the German businessman’s American visa was revoked in 2012.

Giersch, whom Rutherford divorced in 2009, appeared via video conferencing and opted not to petition for a trial continuance – a minor victory for Rutherford.

Giersch’s lawyer Fahi Takesh Hallin spent much of Thursday’s proceedings establishing Rutherford’s residency, grilling her about her social media posts implying she lives in New York (not California) as well as the children’s possessions while they stay in New York. When Hallin argued that the children don’t reside in the U.S., Rutherford appeared to whisper with “That’s the point.”

The temporary visit, which was granted by a Monaco court, is to intended give Giersch time to work on his U.S. visa.

“I have a letter from the State Department that … [my ex-husband] has made no effort to get a visa reinstated or come back to this country,” Rutherford said on The View earlier this week, “so the burden is now put on my kids and the U.S. citizens who are accommodating someone who is making no effort and who now is trying to get full custody in a foreign country.”

As it now stands, Rutherford’s children will have to return to Monaco to live with their father at the end of the summer.