In a provisional judgment, Brad Pitt and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie were given shared custody of their five minor children, sources told NBC News Wednesday.
According to two individuals familiar with the case, Pitt, who divorced Jolie in 2016, was granted a request to change the present custody agreement to provide him more time with his children. Pitt’s legal custody will be shared 50/50 with his ex-wife under the new agreement.
Out of concern for the little children, court records in the continuing custody battle were sealed from public view in 2017.
Pitt’s lawyers submitted a motion on Monday demanding notice to the court that Judge John W. Odenkirk “had conducted a lengthy proceeding over the previous six months in a comprehensive, fairway and issued a preliminary finding and order after hearing from experts and percipient witnesses.” The motion was filed in order to “correct” the record in light of “factual and legal inaccuracies” raised by Jolie’s legal team during the opposition.
A third person acquainted with the situation stressed that the decision was tentative and that shared custody was not the main point of contention for Jolie, adding that the actress will continue her legal battle.
Adoptees Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, as well as biological children Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne, make up the former couple’s six children, however, Maddox is no longer a juvenile and is not subject to the custody arrangement.
In an interview with Vogue last year, Jolie stated that she divorced Pitt for the sake of her family’s well-being.
Jolie stated, “It was the correct decision.” “I’m still concentrating on their recovery. Some have taken advantage of my quiet, and the children have been exposed to lies about themselves in the media, but I tell them that they are the only ones who know their own truths and thoughts. They are, in reality, six really brave and courageous young individuals.”
In a 2017 interview with GQ, Pitt said that he had made the choice to stop drinking and taking marijuana shortly after their split, telling the magazine that he just didn’t “want to live that way anymore.”
Pitt stated at the time, “Every error has been a step toward insight, comprehension, and some kind of bliss.” “Yes, avoiding suffering is a serious mistake. It’s the real life’s omission.”