Why Did Angelina Jolie Get Custody Of Her Kids? Brad Pitt Will Get "Therapeutic Visits"
Nearly two months after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt on Sept. 19, her rep has released a statement to Us Weekly confirming the estranged spouses have finally reached a permanent custody agreement for their six children: Maddox, 15; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The statement comes just days after Pitt answered Jolie's initial filing; in his Nov. 4 response, Pitt had sought joint physical and legal custody of the kids. However, the newest arrangement apparently means Jolie gets sole physical custody of her kids, while Pitt has been awarded "therapeutic visits" and will retain joint legal custody.
The statement to Us Weekly reads in part:
The custody arrangement includes some of the same terms the couple had agreed to under a temporary deal reached in late September, such as meetings with therapists and Pitt's continued visitation rights. An insider close to Jolie tells Us Weekly the new agreement has no expiration date, and can only be changed if both parties agree or if Pitt files a new motion in court.
However, despite the statement released by Jolie's rep, TMZ reports that no settlement has been reached:
According to TMZ, the couple agreed to a temporary extension of the custody arrangement, and only until the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services closes its investigation into the couple. If you'll recall, that probe stems from an anonymous report of a Sept. 14 incident on the family's private plane, during which Pitt allegedly became verbally and physically abusive with Maddox after the child intervened in an argument his parents were having. Though Pitt never released a statement responding to these allegations of child abuse, a source close to the actor told The Independent that:
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt -- Story they Settled BS ... Custody War Still On https://t.co/ttyP1H9Nrd— TMZ (@TMZ) November 8, 2016
Other insiders familiar with the case seem to back up TMZ's claims. For example, a "legal source" told Us Weekly that any custody agreement was likely an extension of Pitt and Jolie's temporary, voluntary parenting plan:
And so the plot thickens...