The actress has been locked in a six-year custody battle with her ex-husband over the children

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated July 04, 2015 10:15 AM
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Kelly Rutherford was reunited with her children in New York City on Friday, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

Despite several recent setbacks in the actress’s ongoing custody battle, Rutherford will finally get to spend some time with her children in the United States.

The star greeted Helena, 6, and Hermes, 8, with her new boyfriend, Tony Brand, Assistant Manager of Gucci, by her side.

The children will spend the summer in the United States with their mother, as ordered by a Monaco judge.

The June 22 ruling was a minor win for Rutherford, 46, who has been traveling back and forth between the European country where her ex-husband Daniel Giersch has lived with their children since 2012.

Regardless of the summer reunion, the custody battle rages on – Helena and Hermes will still have to return to Monaco at the end of the trip and continue to live with Giersch.

Rutherford and the German businessman divorced in 2009, and have retained joint custody of Helena and Hermes since 2012, when the children moved to Europe with him after his U.S. visa was revoked.

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The Gossip Girl actress has been vocal about her struggle to see her kids. Her plight has gained the backing of several big name celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West, who publicly rallied behind the star.

Rutherford even started an advocacy group based on the saga, called the Children’s Justice Campaign, and spoke on their behalf at a a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. just a few days after winning the right to see her kids on her home turf.