Guy Ritchie turns to Fathers4Justice for custody advice

Gemma Strong

Guy Ritchie has reached out to Fathers4Justice amid his ongoing custody battle with Madonna over their 15-year-old son Rocco. The film director contacted the campaign group for advice and a "jargon-free rundown" of his parental rights, the Mirror reports.

Guy, 47, and Madonna, 57, have been locked in a legal battle since December, when Rocco left Madonna's tour to stay in the UK with his father and refused to return to the US.

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Guy Ritchie has contacted Fathers4Justice for advice over his custody battle with Madonna

Father4Justice founder Matt O'Connor told the newspaper: "We offer support to thousands of fathers, including numerous celebrity dads, with their ongoing cases in the family courts.

"Millions of fathers will understand the pain Madonna is going through after being separated from her son, Rocco.

"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."

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Rocco Ritchie is currently living in London with his dad

Madonna and Guy have been sparring for months over their son. At a New York Supreme Court hearing at the start of March, their lawyers, Rocco's court-appointed attorney and a judge agreed the teen will remain in London with his father as they work towards settling the custody dispute out of court.

The singer's separation from her son seems to be taking its toll. She was recently forced to dispel reports that she was intoxicated during her Rebel Heart tour show in Melbourne, and this week made headlines by pulling down the top of a 17-year-old female fan on stage in Brisbane.

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Madonna made headlines this week while on tour in Brisbane

The star broke down in tears during a concert in New Zealand earlier this month as she dedicated her son La Vie en Rose to Rocco. "There is no love stronger than a mother for her son," she told the crowd.