The Like A Prayer singer and her ex-husband were due to appear before a judge in New York on Tuesday (14Jun16) to decide on the terms of the custody of their son Rocco, 15. But the hearing was adjourned hours before it was due to take place "on consent of all parties".

Madonna and her film director ex have been involved in a transatlantic custody row since last December (15) when son Rocco refused to return home to New York after staying with his dad.

After his mother visited him in London, he has since returned to New York, and appears to be dividing his time between the U.S. city and London.

A spokesman for the Manhattan Supreme Court confirmed to Mail Online the hearing was delayed while a court officer said that the case had been "put over for continued negotiation".

While a new date for the hearing has not yet been set, editors at Mail Online claim both sides are close to reaching a resolution.

The New York hearing had already been delayed once before as Madonna, 57, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E director Ritchie work through their differences.

During an increasingly bitter dispute the Holiday singer reportedly hired private detectives to spy on Rocco whilst Ritchie launched legal action in London's High Court.

During the previous hearing in New York, Madonna's lawyers reportedly claimed Ritchie had taught his son to disrespect the law by refusing to return him to his mother.

In March (16), at the High Court in London, Mr. Justice MACDonald warned the former couple that they risked ruining what was left of Rocco's childhood if they carried on feuding.