Judge urges Madonna, Ritchie to reach 'amicable settlement'

Guy Ritchie and Madonna have been in a bitter custody battle over their 15-year-old son Rocco.STEPHEN HIRD/REUTERS

Guy Ritchie and Madonna have been in a bitter custody battle over their 15-year-old son Rocco.

A London judge chided Madonna and Guy Ritchie Thursday as a bitter custody battle over their 15-year-old son played out on both sides of the Atlantic.

Justice Alistair McDonald echoed the words of a Manhattan judge one day prior, urging the Material Girl and “Snatch” director to reach an “amicable settlement” to a “highly unfortunate and deeply regrettable” dispute, The Guardian reported.

Rocco Ritchie is currently attending school in England and living with his dad.Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic

Rocco Ritchie is currently attending school in England and living with his dad.

Madonna has argued that Ritchie is in contempt of court and even broken child abduction laws by allowing their son, Rocco Ritchie, to stay in London.

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Rocco prefers to attend school in England and live with his dad, court proceedings have revealed.

McDonald lamented that the festering dispute puts a great deal of stress on their teenage boy.

“Unfortunately Rocco will have to experience additional emotional upset,” he said, according to The Guardian.

“It would be my fervent hope that discussions between the parties can reach an amicable resolution,” he added.

“An amicable negotiated resolution is definitely the way forward and in Rocco’s best interests.”

Guy Ritchie reportedly attended the hearing. Madonna, who is on tour in Asia, was not present. Their son was also not in attendance.

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Lawyers listen as Madonna and Ritchie testify via speaker phone on Wednesday in Manhattan.

In addition to the fight over custody, the parents are battling over whether a London or Manhattan court should have jurisdiction.

Madonna argues that the terms of her 2009 divorce with Ritchie — registered in Manhattan Supreme Court — state their children will live with her.

Both sides are due back in London court for another hearing regarding jurisdiction.

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