Madonna's 15-Year-Old Son Shouldn't Be Forced to Spend Christmas With Her

Talk about custody drama over the holidays! Madonna's son Rocco Ritchie has been court-ordered to spend Christmas with her, despite his clear decision to stay with his dad, director Guy Ritchie, in London.

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A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ordered the 15-year-old back to the states on Wednesday, and I think that's all kinds of bad news. According to the New York Daily News, Madonna was present in court when the decision was read, but Ritchie remained in London.

Ritchie's lawyer said, "[Rocco] has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York."

It's unclear why the teen didn't want to spend Christmas with his mom, as he spent several months on tour with her this year, but that's not really the point.

He's 15 years old, not 5. He's old enough to make a decision on whom he wants to spend Christmas with. I'm not with my kids' dad either, and we do switch Christmases, but they are 7 and 12. Even at 12, if my daughter wanted to spend more time with her dad, I'd choose to respect that, even if it felt like I was being stabbed in the heart.

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I think long-term relationships with your kids is more important than fighting the court system to force them to be somewhere they don't want to be. Rocco obviously has two loving parents who want to be with him -- this isn't a case trying to get a deadbeat parent to step up to the plate.

Let the kid decide where he wants to be. Otherwise you're going to risk having him resent you, and that can do some serious damage to your relationship.

 

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