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Madonna, Guy Ritchie reportedly battling over custody of teen son

Sometimes no matter how rich and famous you are, your kids would still rather be with their other parent. That's been the case for pop star Madonna, according to at least two New York newspapers.

On Christmas Day, Madonna posted a picture of herself with her son Rocco on Instagram in which the two looked happy. However, the 15-year-old reportedly did not want to return to the U.S. to spend the holidays with his mom, but to stay in London. He's been living there with his father, British director and Madonna's ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The two divorced in 2008. They also have a 10-year-old son whom they adopted together in 2006.

Reportedly, Rocco was ordered by a Manhattan judge to come to New York to spend Christmas with his mother. Ritchie was not at the hearing in which the decision was made. However, his attorney argued that the teen has "expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York,"

The judge has ordered that Rocco receive his own court-appointed attorney as the custody battle between his parents continues. In the meantime, she said, "If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother."

Custody battles are never easy. When a child is old enough to know what he or she wants and to voice that opinion, the battle can be even more difficult -- particularly if you're not the parent they choose to live with.

Judges, whether in North Dakota or New York, generally strive to act in the best interests of the children. Regardless of which side of the custody fight you're on, it's essential to have an experienced family law attorney by your side who will help you present your case.

Source: People, "Madonna Shares Sweet Snap with Son Rocco Amid Reports of a Custody Battle with Ex Guy Ritchie," Lindsay Kimble, Dec. 25, 2015

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