Judge Rules On Madonna Custody Dispute

Madonn has been given permission to end the British legal action over the custody of her 15-year-old son, Rocco.

As you probably know, there is currently a dispute between Madonna and Guy Ritchie over where their son should live. There have been hearings in both New York and London, but Madonna recently asked the London’s High Court for the British proceedings to close.

When speaking to the judge, Madonna said she wanted to “heal old wounds” opened up by the dispute.

Justice MacDonald ruled yesterday that the proceedings in England could be closed.

Rocco had been living with Madonna until 2008, but he abruptly left his mother while on tour in Europe late last year. He then moved in with Guy Ritchie and his step mother, Jacqui Ainsley. Madonna accussed Guy of “illegally retaining” their son.

With the closure of proceedings in England, the case will no return to New York, where a judge ruled that Rocco should be returned to his mother’s custody. However, that ruling was ignored, leading to Madonna’s lawyers arguing that Guy should be arrested for contempt of court.

State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan dismissed this, and instead asked the pair to come to an amicable decision.

“No one is disrupting his household other than the inability of the parents to reach a resolution. If they cannot resolve this matter then eventually the court will. Frankly, both parties here have chosen to live their lives in a very public way, and may welcome the exposure, but the child has not. I urge them to consider what is the best interests of their son – which may be to remove him from the spotlight.”

Following this, Madonna’s lawyers filed a motion at the family division of London’s High Court under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. But the ruling here echoed the one made by Justice Deborah Kaplan and urged the pair to come to a “amicable settlement” to this “highly unfortunate and deeply regrettable” situation.

Unsurprisingly, this whole thing has been quite upsetting and stressful for Rocco. Rocco’s lawyer, Ellen Sigal, said: “Having this order over his head is stressful and upsetting to him.”

When making the new ruling yesterday, the Judge once again emplored them to come to an amicable solution.

“At the root of these proceedings… is a temporary breakdown in trust. For all the media coverage, comment and analysis, this is a case born out of circumstances that arise for countless separated parents the world over. I renew, one final time, my plea for the parents to seek, and to find, an amicable resolution to the dispute between them.”

Laywers have said that both Guy and Madonna have outlined proposals for negotiation.

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A Judge has ruled on Madonna's custody dispute over her son, Rocco.