Brad Pitt Wins Joint Custody Of Children With Angelina Jolie

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Updated article on 26/05/21: Brad Pitt is believed to have tentatively been granted joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie, following a five-year long court battle.

While the custody decision is yet to be ratified and confirmed, according to the Associated Press (AP) Jolie has filed a court ruling criticising judge John Ouderkirk after he made his intentions to rule known. In the document submitted by Jolie, she claims that the judge refused to allow their children to testify, which she believes was relevant to their safety and well-being. The documents don’t give further information on what that evidence may be.

‘Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding her evidence relevant to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, evidence critical to making her case,’ according to the court filing in California’s Second District Court of Appeal, per AP.

The news outlet also reports that the actor said the judge ‘failed to adequately consider’ a section of the California courts code, which states that it’s detrimental to the best interest of the child if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence. Similarly, the court filing failed to provide details on what domestic violence it referred to.

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Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016, which was later granted in 2019. The pair are parents to Maddox, 19 (who is not subject to the custody decision), Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, Vivienne and Knox, both 12.

Pitt’s attorneys reportedly stated in response to Jolie’s court filing: ‘Ouderkirk has conducted an extensive proceeding over the past six months in a thorough, fair manner and reached a tentative ruling and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses.’

They added that the judge deemed Jolie’s filing lacking ‘credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr. Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children’.

Jolie has been seeking sole custody of their children while her ex-husband was seeking joint custody. Lawyers for Pitt and Jolie reportedly declined to comment on the new filings.

In her court filing, Jolie reportedly said that if the tentative custody decision regarding custody is made final by Ouderkirk, she will appeal it.

Article originally published on 13/06/18: Following their split in 2016 and a pretty lengthy custody battle, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reached a custody agreement that meant the actress retained sole custody of their six children, while her estranged husband would be granted ‘therapeutic visits’.

However, the Maleficient star’s primary custody of her children may now be in threat.

According to court documents obtained by CNN and issued last week, a judge is ordering the 43-year-old to improve her childrens’ relationship with their father or risk losing primary physical custody.

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The Superior Court of Los Angeles County reportedly told Jolie, who filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, that ‘not having a relationship with their father’ would be ‘harmful’ to their six children (Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox). Jolie has also been instructed by the judge to tell her children that they are ‘safe with their father’.

Going forward, the court is now demanding the Wanted actress to provide Pitt with the mobile number of each child, and to allow him to speak to his children whenever he wants. The filmmaker has also been banned from reading the texts sent between Pitt and their children.

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The order outlines a shared custody schedule for the summer in which the children will split their time between Pitt's home in Los Angeles and London (where Jolie is currently filming Maleficient 2).

As the couple’s eldest child Maddox is 16-year-old, he is reportedly exempt from such ruling, however his younger siblings will be required to follow a strict court-ordered schedule that dictates which days they must spend with each parent. If Jolie refuses to agree to the court’s demands, her custody of the children may be brought into question.

‘If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Pitt],’ the court told the actress.

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Following their split, Jolie reflected on the tumultuous time post break-up to People, admitting: ‘I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger [for it].’

‘We all have our difficult times, but as a mother you also have a responsibility first and foremost towards the kids,’ she continued. ‘They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that.’

Jolie has been busy with her children in London recently, having just celebrated her 43rd birthday with her brood at Thorpe Park riding roller coasters.

We hope for the sake of their children, Jolie and Pitt are able to solve their custody issues.

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