It feels like a million years have passed since Brad and Angelina broke up. Their divorce has dragged on and on…but it looks like there might be closure soon.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly close to reaching a custody settlement. The question of who gets the kids has been the biggest obstacle to their divorce. Brad and Angelina share 6 kids, so even without the bitterness on both sides it would be a complicated case.
No Full Custody for Angelina?
The biggest surprise in TMZ’s most recent report about the divorce is that Angelina won’t be seeking full custody. She has been very vocal about wanting to protect her 6 children. To recap, that’s: Maddox (17), Pax (14), Zahara (13), Shiloh (12), and twins Knox and Vivienne (10). However, it seems that she may have thawed on that front.
Brad has asked for joint custody of the children, with time split evenly between the exes.
Trial Date Set
Brad and Angelina need to hustle if they hope to work out a custody agreement without going to trial. The big bombshell is that they’ve asked a judge to oversee a custody trial on December 4, 2018. They need to reach an agreement before that deadline. Otherwise, the court makes a decision for them.
Whatever agreement they reach, it will only apply to the 5 youngest kids. At 17, Maddox is considered old enough to make his own decision about how often—or even if—he wants to see Brad.
Bitterness All Around
Angelina still claims that she only wants what is best for the children. Brad says that her tactics throughout the (long, long) divorce proceedings have been underhanded and psychologically damaging for the junior Jolie-Pitts.
After news of the custody trial broke on TMZ, Brad’s camp leaked some tidbits to The Blast, claiming that he “believes his estranged wife is putting the kids through an unnecessarily damaging experience.”
The anonymous source went on to say that Angelina “is purely trying to drag him through the mud in the upcoming custody trial, and is worried about the longterm effects it will have on their 6 children.”
Legal Vs. Physical Custody
There’s a difference between legal and physical custody, and the stakes are high for both Brad and Angelina on those fronts. Physical custody determines how much time the children will spend with either parent, and it can be split in any percentage.
Legal custody covers decisions about things like schooling or medical care. If Brad or Angelina ends up with sole legal custody, they’ll be able to make decisions about the kids without consulting each other.
Although the divorce has been excellent fodder for gossip over the last two years, it’s about time to put the issue to rest. Hopefully the kids will end up with the co-parenting situation that’s best for them.