According to an official statement released on Monday, actress Angelina Jolie gets temporary custody of all her six kids, while Brad Pitt is stuck with visitation rights. That will continue, as before, in the presence of a therapist. The reps for both parties have confirmed that parents have their children’s best interest at heart.
The soon-to-be-ex couple dodged a bitter custody battle over the weekend. Pitt has finally decided to ask for custody of the children, after he failed giving a legal response to Jolie’s divorce petition, before the deadline, October 19. He did file his response on Friday, November 4, requesting joint custody of 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
On Monday, though, Angelina Jolie, representative has told ET that the two have been advised by childcare professionals to reach an agreement. And they did. It states that “the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father”. However, the statement mentions that it was the childcare professional who have determined this to be the best choice for the children, not the parents will primarily. This concurs with the statements made by Brad Pitt’s spokesperson on several occasions, that the actor “wants to do what’s best for the children.”
It looks like both parents have their kids best interest at heart and follow, without questions, the cleanest path to restore peace in their family.
Jolie,41, has filed for a divorce on September 19, after a visit from the Child protective services that followed an incident between Pitt and their oldest son Maddox on the family’s private plane. The incident was reported by a third party.
Since then, Jolie and the kids have changed residences and are going to family counseling. Pitt, 52, is also attending counseling and has met the kids a few times, under therapeutic supervision. He is also undergoing drug and alcohol testing voluntarily.