Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Reportedly in Private Negotiations to Settle Divorce
According to People, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are privately trying to work out their divorce settlement, which includes what could be a sticking point: custody of their six children – 15-year-old Maddox; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Jolie filed for divorce 10 days ago and requested joint legal custody, but she also wants primary physical custody, with visitation for Pitt. On Pitt’s side, sources said he wants to share primary custody.
People spoke with a family law attorney, not involved in the case, who said Jolie’s wish to gain sole physical custody will be tough, especially in California. “It is extremely difficult to be granted sole custody in a California court, absent some egregious behavior that directly impacts the best interest of the minor children. In my experience, courts [and judges] lean more towards joint physical custody over sole physical custody. They want to see both parents involved in the children’s lives and want both parents to have frequent and continuing contact with the children.”
The actress would also have show significant evidence that Pitt cannot care for the children. The Allied actor is currently being investigated for alleged child abuse after reportedly being “drunk” on the family plane and getting into a heated argument with Jolie and son Maddox.
The family law attorney added, “Judges are much more lenient these days on the use of alcohol, as long as a parent is not under the influence while children are in their care. Courts want both parents in the lives of children, so long as it is in the best interest of the children.”