Judge to Rule Over Madonna Custody Battle

The bitter custody battle between Madonna and Ritchie, is expected to reach a critical new stage when a High Court judge delivers his ruling.

Published: 21st March 2016 09:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st March 2016 09:33 AM   |  A+A-

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File-This April 12, 2012, file photo shows singer Madonna arriving at Macy's Herald Square to launch her new fragrance in New York. At her concert Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Philadelphia, where Francis is scheduled to make the last stop of his US tour

LONDON: The bitter custody battle between M-adonna and Guy Ritchie, her former husband, will reach a critical new stage today (Monday) when a High Court judge delivers his ruling.

Mr Justice MacDonald said earlier this month that he would decide whether a legal challenge over the future of the couple's son, Rocco, should be brought to a close.

The judge also said he may make a decision on the 15-year-old's welfare.

Madonna, 57, told the judge she wanted to "heal the wounds" opened in the dispute and end litigation that has led to a public and acrimonious dispute with the British film director.

David Williams QC said: "She doesn't wish for these proceedings in England to continue any longer than necessary. What she has always sought to date is to find a way in which this family can come together to heal the wounds which have been inflicted on the family in the past four months or so."

The couple's teenage son is understood to have refused to return to the US, where he had been living with his mother, after visiting London late last year.

Madonna made an application last year under the Hague Convention - which deals with the abduction of children - for the return of Rocco, although she has now applied for that legal action to be discontinued.

The singer's legal team has suggested Mr Ritchie should travel to the US - where parallel family court proceedings are in progress - to take part in conciliation efforts.

The court heard Mr Ritchie has d-eclined to visit America, fearing he could be arrested.

The US judge Deborah Kaplan urged the former husband and wife to reach agreement and suggested the American proceedings should take precedence over those in London.

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