A Malawi judged declared that the pop star and her husband are the boy's legal parents

By People Staff
Updated May 29, 2008 04:00 PM

After a drawn-out process that lasted several months and caused endless headaches, singer Madonna and her 2-year-old son, David, can breathe easier after a Malawi court finally approved the conditions his adoption.

"It's now official, David is Madonna's baby. It is a positive and beautiful judgment that will have an impact on Malawi's adoption laws, said Madonna's lawyer, Alan Chinula, who reported that David is with his parents and siblings, 10-year-old Lourdes, and 6-year-old Rocco, in their London mansion.

The presiding judge ruled that singer and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, had the necessary means to guarantee a good life for the boy, who has been living with them for the past 18 months, after meeting the former Material Girl in an orphanage of southern African nation in 2006.

David was put in an orphanage by his father shortly after his mother died giving birth to him. When Madonna showed interest in assuming parental rights over him, critics accused the government of ignorning laws that prohibit non-residents from adopting children in Malawi, and claimed that the singer and her husband not only violated adoption procedures, but were also given unwarranted privileges.