The London judge presiding over the custody drama between Guy Ritchie and Madonna ruled today that the proceedings in England can be dropped. If Madonna so wishes she can continue the custody dispute in the American court system. He further urged the couple to not waste the remainder of their son Rocco’s childhood with a nasty custody battle.
The judge ordered the couple to try to work together regarding a custody agreement rather than dragging it out in the public eye and in the courts. Judge McDonald was quoted as saying “It would be a very great tragedy for Rocco if any more of the previous and fast receding days of his childhood were to be taken up by this dispute.”
The dispute began in December of last year when Rocco, age 15, left his famous mother in the middle of her world tour and went to live with his father in England. A judge ordered him to return to America to spend the holidays with his mother but he defied the order and stayed in London. When Rocco did not return to America Madonna filed an international child abduction claim. She has since withdrawn abduction claims and is looking to resolve the issue stateside.