Madonna and her former film director husband Guy Ritchie are still wrangling over arrangements for their children, The Times has learned.
Although the couple are now divorced, earlier reports that everything had been agreed swiftly and amicably after the couple’s eight-year marriage were wide of the mark.
The couple had been thought to have agreed a compromise in which the two boys, Rocco and three-year old adopted David, split their time between Britain and the US. Madonna’s daughter Lourdes would continue to live with her.
But the couple cannot agree on where Rocco, 8, should go to school, with Ritchie, 40, favouring schooling in England and Madonna favouring the US.
Peter Jackson QC, a top barrister specialising in children’s cases, is
advising on arrangements for the children.
The couple hired two of Britain’s most highly sought-after family lawyers:
Fiona Shackleton, who acted for the pop star (as well as Sir Paul McCartney
in his split with Heather Mills), with Lady Helen Ward, who is the wife of a
Court of Appeal judge, acting for Ritchie.
The couple were officially divorced in a “quickie” hearing in November at the
High Court in London.
The film director was reported to have taken no money in an effort to avoid an
unseemly public wrangle.
But subsequent reports indicated that, even if there was no lump sum involved,
the assets that he retained, including the couple’s country estate in
Wiltshire, Ashcombe House, amounted to some £50 million.