Transcript for Inside Madonna's Custody Battle Over 15-Year-Old Son
Madonna's papa don't preach was one of her hits. But right now, she's begging her son to come home, battling her ex for custody after 15-year-old Rocco said he wants to stay with dad. Kanya Whitworth has the latest. Reporter: Over the weekend, Madonna cherishing time with her family. The queen of pop taking to social media expressing her love for her four children. Tweeted, writing merry xmas to the sun-shine of my life. Reporter: She's currently imbroiled in a custody battle with her ex-husband guy Ritchie over 15-year-old Rocco, he's apparently living with his father in England and reportedly doesn't want to return to live with his mother in New York. Last Wednesday, Madonna asked a New York City judge to order his return from London. It's a little unclear exactly what's going on. It may be a case of a teenager growing up and having some rebellious spirit. Recently, Madonna said he really em bodes the heart. It's hard under the microscope. Reporter: Madonna photographed leaving court last week. The teen will reportedly get his own court-appointed attorney, which might allow him to make a request to live with his father if he still wants to. Since September, Madonna has been busy with her tour. He's been helping out backstage. Reporter: Madonna and Ritchie divorced in 2008. ABC news has reached out both to Madonna and guy Ritchie and neither have responded. Let's bring back ABC news legal analyst Dan Abrams. Rocco is 15 years old. Does his opinion matter when the court hears this? It does matter. But he doesn't have the final say. He can't say I want to stay with dad and he stays with dad. He has to come home and have this litigated in New York court. What will happen is, he'll be assigned an attorney, called a guardian who represents the child in this case, if he wants to live with dad, he'll tell his lawyer I want to live with dad, here are the reasons. He'll list the reasons. In all likelihood, if the guardian agrees these are good reasons, they would then recommend to the court, this is what my opinion is as representative of the child is in this case. That could have a lot of sway in a court. There are a lot of issues here. Likely this will take place in New York, any chance that guy could have this heard in Britain, over in the UK. He could try but because the child is still considered a new York resident, I think almost certainly the british courts will say, they're dealing with this in New York. This is unlike Kelly Rutherford's case, they sent the kids to Monaco and invited the Monaco court to take over. You don't have anything like that here. Certainly, you would have a new York court resolving it. It's certainly possible if Rocco feels strongly about it. It should be very quick. Now to a warning for parents this morning about the hidden
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