Madonna Wants Adoption Hearing Postponed
Pop superstar Madonna has appealed to a Malawian judge to postpone her forthcoming court appearance in her ongoing adoption case, because the date clashes with her U.S. promotional duties for new album Hard Candy. The Music hitmaker and her director husband Guy Ritchie are due to attend a hearing in Malawi next week (begs07Apr08), when a judge at the country's High Court is expected to formally approve the couple's adoption of two-year-old David Banda. But on Thursday (03Apr08), Madonna's lawyers filed a motion to delay the important hearing until the end of April (08). A court official says, "They have made that application at (the) High Court today and the judge is expected to respond this afternoon." The initial 2006 adoption caused outrage in the African nation; Madonna and Ritchie were accused of side-stepping the official adoption process. However, the Hollywood stars appear to have won over Malawian officials with their parenting skills. In a confidential report dated 25 March (08) - which has been leaked onto the internet - Probation Officer S. Chisale at the Ministry of Women and Child Development praises the couple for looking after Banda so well. The report reads: "In the best interest of the child, I do recommend the petitioners (the Ritchies) to your Lordship for your consideration that they be granted an adoption order, having proved that they are suitable parents and satisfied the conditions in the Interim Adoption Order." Madonna's new album, Hard Candy, is released at the end of April (08).