The ruling is the latest twist in a six-year court battle with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch over the custody of their children Helena, six, and Hermes, eight, which began when their father's U.S. visa was revoked and he was allowed to take them to France to live with him in 2012.

The former Gossip Girl star, who was in court for Monday's (22Jun15) hearing, says, "I am pleased with the outcome and that the children will be coming to the U.S. for a part of their summer vacation."

In recent years, the actress has been forced to travel back and forth to Europe to see her children, and she's keen for them to relocate permanently to the United States, but her ex maintains their home is in Monaco.

The couple's custody battle will continue in a Los Angeles courtroom on 9 July (15).