Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt settle custody war
Angelina has been granted physical custody of the kids while Brad has agreed to therapeutic visitation rights
[Updated 6 December 2016] E! News reports that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have come to a temporary custody agreement. According to court documents obtained by the website, it is Angelina who has been granted physical custody of the couple's six children.
Brad will continue to see his children while being monitored by a therapist who "shall at all times consider the best interests of the minor children". The Allied actor will also continue to take part in random drug and alcohol testing as well as therapy sessions. The children will undergo individual counselling.
"Brad has not seen his children alone without a monitored therapist since the plane incident," a source said. "Angelina has not left the children's side since the plane incident. She still has not completed her film First They Killed My Father. She has been with them the whole time trying to make sure they heal."
[Updated 11 November 2016] Brad Pitt has been cleared of the child abuse allegations. A spokesperson for Angelina Jolie released the following statement announcing Brad's clean slate:
"The job of the DCFS (the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services) is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
The actor made his first public appearance yesterday at the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming film with Marion Cotillard, Allied. During a Q&A session with his fans, he took the opportunity to thank them for the support. "It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here," he said before adding, "It's really nice to have all the support."
It's become an ugly battle between Hollywood's former power couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as they continue to fight over custody of their six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
Following their divorce in September and Brad's alleged abuse of Maddox on their family plane, the actor voluntarily went for a drug test and was cooperative when he was being investigated by the FBI. Meanwhile, Angelina had been given temporary sole custody of their kids while Brad was granted monitored visitation rights.
The 52-year-old had initially refused to file a legal response to Angelina's divorce petition with intentions to keep the divorce private and to not "set the stage for a nasty legal battle". But now that he has filed for a joint custody, things have been kicked up a notch.
According to TMZ, Angelina is willing to fight her ex husband in court for the custody of their children "until he gets his sh-t together." Her end goal is to have the family relationships repaired so that the two of them can resume a "normal" parenting regime. But that can't happen until Brad addresses his alleged "substance abuse and anger issues".