Transcript for Madonna Appears in Court for Custody Battle
want to begin with Madonna locked in a custody battle this morning. The pop star fighting in court with her ex-husband guy Ritchie getting a court record to force their 15-year-old son Rocco to come home for the holidays with her. Linzie Janis has the story. Reporter: Overnight Madonna expressing herself in a New York City courtroom asking a judge to enforce the return of her teenage son from London where he's been visiting her ex-husband "Sherlock" director guy Ritchie. 15-year-old Rocco who they share custody of reportedly doesn't want to live with his mom preferring to stay with his dad in the UK. But Manhattan judge Deborah Kaplan granted Madonna's request. The megastar seen leaving court Wednesday. The judge ordering Rocco to return to the U.S. The teen will reportedly get his own court appointed attorney allowing him to make a request to live with his father if he still wants to. ? Reporter: The queen of pop who's in the middle of her rebel heart world tour reportedly just spent Thanksgiving in Barcelona with Rocco and 10-year-old son Davi whom she adopted with Ritchie in 2006. Madonna and Ritchie divorced back in 2008 ending their seven-year marriage. Ritchie since remarrying model Jackie Ainsley with whom he has three children. Ritchie was not in court but his attorney according to "The daily news" telling the judge Rocco does not want to return to new York. ABC news has reached out to both Madonna and Ritchie, neither has responded. ? Reporter: For "Good morning America," Linzie Janis, ABC news, New York. All right, thank you. We want to get more with Nancy grace host of "Nancy grace" on HLN. This does not sound like a merry Christmas for anyone involved. What do you make of this case? Well, you know, it's easy to take pot shots at Madonna. Everybody wants to bring up her sex book, but news flash, that was back in the '90s before she had children. Everyone wants to suggest she's a bad mother. But this may be a case of a 15-year-old boy rebelling against living with a controlling mother. But what 15-year-old boy doesn't think his mother is controlling? Now, granted, apparently he's tired of touring with Madonna. He toured with her on "Rebel heart" and toured with her years ago. He may be sick of that for all I kno know, he's got a girlfriend in London. If this is not hammered out between the parents this could go all the way to an international court at the Hague. Nancy, for now the court sided with Madonna. Will this impact the custody in the big picture? I don't think it will impact the custody in the big picture and many people function under the myth there is a magical age at which the child, a minor, under the age of 18 can pick to live with one parent or the other. That is not necessarily true. At age 16 in most jurisdictions you can be emancipated. You know think about Macaulay Culkin, an example but the court very rarely lets a child choose who they're going to live with. They take into account what is the best interest of the child, now, we may guess that guy Ritchie has more of a stable domestic life, but we don't know that. We'll find out as it unfolds. There will be a court hearing on February the 3rd and the court for now that's justice Deborah Kaplan has told the boy he must return home and talk to Madonna face-to-face. If he has any hope of ever living with his father. Yeah, all right. Nancy, I hope for their sake they think about that he's still a little boy. Don't judge Madonna on her sex book, okay. No, agreed. That's a great final point. Nancy grace, we thank you.
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