Deborah Kaplan, New York Supreme Court judge, has urged Madonna and English filmmaker Guy Ritchie to work out an amicable resolution to end their custody battle over their son, Rocco Ritchie, adding that the pop star and her estranged husband need to stop pressuring the teenager.
The celebrity couple continues to battle over custody of their son. The 15-year-old Rocco has been living in the UK with Ritchie since December, despite a judge reportedly ordering his return to New York to sort out his situation in the States.
Kaplan stated, referring to Rocco, “Frankly, both parties have chosen to live their lives in a very public way and may welcome the publicity, but the child has not.
“He would like this matter resolved and the issues concerning him and his family in the most private way possible.”
According to Us Weekly, neither Madonna nor her estranged husband were in attendance during the New York hearing. The 57-year-old singer called in from New Zealand, and the 47-year-old Ritchie called in from London. The exes didn’t say a thing throughout the proceedings; they just called in to listen on speakerphone.
People reports that the lawyers and the judge made an agreement that Rocco will remain in London, where he is enrolled in a school chosen by both his parents. Kaplan stated, “Their son is in school; let us try to allow him to go forward in the most normal way. We’re not forcing Rocco to leave school. Madonna isn’t asking that.”
As stated by E Online, the judge has also worked on the divorce case of Madonna and Ritchie. And in the seven years since the family has been assigned to her, this is the first time they had issues with their children.