Guy Ritchie seeks Madonna custody battle support from dad activists
Director Guy Ritchie is seeking help from dads' organisation Fathers4Justice in his ongoing legal spat with Madonna.
The filmmaker, who is currently involved in an international battle with his ex-wife over custody of their 15-year-old son, Rocco, has reached out to the group for a "jargon-free rundown" of his legal rights.
Matt O'Connor, who founded Fathers4Justice in 2001, tells British newspaper The Mirror he gave one of Guy's aides a few tips after he phoned him on behalf of the director.
"We offer support to thousands of fathers, including numerous celebrity dads, with their ongoing cases in the family courts," O'Connor said.
Madonna has been accused of bad-mouthing her former spouse during concert dates on her ongoing Rebel Heart Tour, and although O'Connor commiserates with what she's going through, he doesn't think her behaviour is appropriate.
“Millions of fathers will understand the pain Madonna is going through after being separated from her son, Rocco," he notes. "Fathers have no right in law to see their children after separation and there’s no presumption of shared parenting.
"It is rare, then, for a mother to experience this kind of loss. However, there is no justification for publicly denigrating Rocco’s dad. Children need the best of both parents."
The pop superstar launched legal action in the U.K. and New York City after her teenage son refused to return home to her in the Big Apple following a trip to spend time with his London-based father over Christmas (Dec15).
A New York judge has urged the two sides to find an amicable solution to their custody spat for the sake of Rocco. The case was adjourned until 1 June (16). And, in the last U.K. hearing on Friday (11Mar16), Madonna's attorney, David Williams QC, insisted his client was willing to relent in her custody fight and listen to what the teen wants, according to the Daily Mail.
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