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Madonna and Guy Ritchie appear to resolve child custody issue

Pennsylvania parents can imagine how an uncooperative teenager might make child custody issues more difficult. Legal proceedings concerning the custody agreement between pop singer Madonna and English filmmaker Guy Ritchie revealed that their now 15-year-old son had not wanted to return to the United States to visit his mother.

Madonna had taken legal action to force her son to enforce the terms of a custody agreement. She cited child abduction laws in her bid to gain her son's compliance and return to the country. While the case was before a foreign court, Ritchie's attorney allegedly said that the teenager had made it clear that he did not want to return to the United States. The court ruled that he must follow the terms of the custody agreement.

After Madonna visited her son in England, she apparently repaired their relationship. In late May he was seen going toward his mother's house in Manhattan. Reports indicate that the case between Madonna and Ritchie had been disposed of by a New York court.

Parents who are involved in a child custody dispute dispute are sometimes frustrated as to how to proceed. In some cases, they might find the solution through opening up communications with each other. Negotiations could be overseen by each parent's respective family law attorney, who could try to keep the conversations productive instead of hostile. Courts will generally agree that, in the absence of situations such as domestic violence or drug use by one of the parents, it is in the best interests of the child to have as much contact with both parents as possible.

Source: Yahoo, "Madonna and Guy Ritchie's Custody Battle Ends as Rocco Ritchie Returns to Manhattan", June 1, 2016

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