Madonna hearing to be public

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 February 2009

Madonna hearing to be public

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's custody hearing will be made public when it takes place at the New York Supreme Court on March 2

Madonna and Guy Ritchie's custody hearing will be made public.

The legal meeting to decide the arrangements for their two sons - Rocco, eight, and David, three - has been moved to the New York Supreme Court.

Unlike English family law court cases, the inquiry - which will take place on March 2 - will be open to the general public.

Madonna - who also has a daughter, Lourdes, 12, from a previous relationship - is planning to move to New York with her children and needs US courts to ratify a custody deal negotiated in London.

A source said "There is going to be a hearing next month and the papers that have been filed will be available then.

"The New York hearing will confirm the English proceedings. There will be revelations, but the divorce remains amicable and intelligently handled."

She will be forced to provide the court with details about her divorce proceedings, including financial arrangements and demands for her sons' welfare.

It has been claimed the 50-year-old singer - who is a devout follower of Kabbalah, a mystical off-shoot of Judaism - makes her sons eat kosher food and attend religious meetings.

It has also been alleged she has demanded Guy, 40, upgrade the internet connection and computer equipment at his country home in England so she can contact the boys at all times when they are visiting.

The couple - who married in 2000 - announced they were separating last year, but have not revealed any details of their ongoing divorce proceedings.


The multi-million selling American singer-songwriter, actress, director and entrepreneur performs pop in support of her album MDNA.

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