Popstar Madonna is officially seeking legal assistance to see her son Rocco Ritchie this holiday season.
The desperate mother took to the court on Wednesday to make sure her 15-year-old son — who is currently residing in London with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie — comes home after he refused to return, American newspaper reports on Friday.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Deborah Kaplan ruled in favour of Madonna and ordered Rocco to return to New York from London, against his wishes if necessary.
The Justice further asked the teenager to resolve the issue through communication and decide who he wants to stay with. She also said that he will be granted a court-appointed lawyer in the matter.
The former couple got divorced in 2008. The hearing hinted to some tension between Madonna and the British filmmaker over the custody of their son.
According to Guy’s lawyer, Eric Buckley, Rocco has “expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York.”
When asked by the Justice if Guy “has prevented the child from returning to the US” Buckley said, “Effectively, yes.”