Going Global: Kelly Rutherford & Her TV Mother Land In Monaco For Custody Fight — Her Nightmare Explained In 10 Photos

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Sep. 4 2015, Updated 11:53 a.m. ET

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Kelly Rutherford and her Gossip Girl mother, Caroline Lagerfelt, appeared in Monaco to attend a hearing, in which she will ask the court to return custody of her two children to her — and RadarOnline.com has a gallery of her struggle in 10 photos.

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Kelly Rutherford and her mother arrived at a courthouse in Monaco on September 3, 2015, to continue her custody battle.

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Her two children, son Hermes and daughter Helena, live full time with their father, Daniel Giersch, in Monaco while the Gossip Girl actress resides in New York City.

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In August, Rutherford attempted to keep the children with her in America and refused to return them to their father after an extended visit with her in the Big Apple.

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However, a judge ruled that she must relinquish custody of them and they returned to Monaco with their paternal grandmother.

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Rutherford was heartbroken after losing again in court, but she vowed to continue her fight.

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"These past three years waiting for my children to come home have been very difficult. My children were forced to leave the United States in 2012 when they were only 2 and 5 years old," she said in a statement after the disappointing court decision.

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She explained that she believed she had legal grounds to keep her children with her. "In May, a judge in California gave me sole custody and brought them home. I am immensely grateful and overjoyed to have them back. Since May, however, the court proceedings have been confusing."

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She has even petitioned the Obama administration to help her regain primary custody in the U.S.

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"I pray that officials in this country and in Monaco will agree that three years in exile is a very long time in a child's life, and that my children have a right to remain, once and for all, in the United States," Rutherford's statement concluded.

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She and her close pal Lagerfelt were seen going into the Monaco courthouse. Do you think a judge will return the children to her? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments below.

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