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Madonna and Guy Richie to negotiate child custody agreement

Celebrity gossip fans here in California are probably already aware that Madonna and Guy Richie are embroiled in a battle over where their 15-year-old son Rocco should live. Recently, Madonna's fame and fortune could not persuade a judge to order Richie to send their son back to the United States. In fact, the judge ordered that Rocco would remain with his father until his parents come to a child custody agreement.

On Dec. 23, 2015, Richie was ordered to return the boy to the United States, but that did not happen. The parties were working on an agreement that fell apart shortly before they were due in court recently. Richie and Madonna previously agreed on a school for their son to attend, and the judge determined that it would not be in Rocco's best interest to remove him from that school until his parents negotiate and sign an agreement.

Giving Rocco as normal a life as possible when your parents are celebrities is one point on which Madonna, Richie and the court agree. They also agree that it would be in his best interest to remain out of the limelight. This means that his parents need to find a way to get past their strained relationship to negotiate a custody agreement without court intervention.

A court urging a child's parents to come to a child custody agreement on their own is not limited to Madonna and Richie. Family courts across the country and here in California also encourage parents to work together to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child. As an added benefit, parents can tailor their agreement to fit their family.

Source: People, "Madonna's Son Rocco Will Stay in London with Dad Guy Richie Until Warring Parents Reach Custody Agreement, Judge Says", Jeff Nelson, March 2, 2016

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