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Madonna in international child custody dispute

Once a Missouri child custody arrangement has been established, it is important for both parties to adhere to the decision that was either agreed upon or determined in court. Pop star Madonna knows this first hand as she continues an on-going battle with film director Guy Ritchie, her ex-husband and father of her 15-year-old child. Richie lives in the United Kingdom, and Madonna in New York City. She recently filed a motion against Ritchie in the New York Supreme Court to get her son back.

According to reports, the teenager has said he does not want to move to New York. One media outlet reported that the dispute involves a disagreement in parenting philosophies. Ritchie has stated publicly that he is in favor of putting less pressure on kids. On the other hand, Madonna reportedly believes in focusing attention on education and discipline. Madonna's son is scheduled to take qualification exams for high school this May.

In some international child custody disputes, parents can rely upon an agreement known as the Hague Convention. The treaty helps parents enforce child custody rights for children abducted across country borders. Whether the Hague Convention would apply to Madonna's case is an open question.

Child custody disputes are never easy. Cases involving parental relocation can be especially tricky. Child custody disputes that cross international borders may be among the most complicated of any disputes in family law. Parents involved in a dispute over custody of their children can benefit from discussing the circumstances of their case with an experienced attorney.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com, "Ins and Outs of Madonna's Custody Fight & The #1 Thing She Can Do To Win," Morghan Leia Richardson, accessed on Feb. 9, 2016

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