Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Release Joint Statement Regarding the Privacy of Their Divorce Documents

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie addressed the confidentiality of court documents pertaining to their high-profile divorce in the first statement that they’ve released together since announcing their separation.

In the joint statement released on Monday (Jan. 9, 2017), Pitt and Jolie agreed that they would seal sensitive court documents in order to protect the privacy of their children.

“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues. The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification,” said the couple [via CNN].

Jolie and Pitt’s custody battle is a recurring theme in the headlines — Pitt seeks joint custody of their six children while Jolie is pushing for physical custody. In December, Pitt was denied an emergency hearing to ask a judge to seal divorce documents for the sake of their children as to “avoid subjecting them to the negative impact of the intense media coverage and worldwide public scrutiny.”

Recent court documents filed by Pitt allege that Jolie has “no self-regulating mechanism” and that she “exposed the children by making public the names of their therapist and other mental health professionals.” Pitt adds that Jolie is “determined to ignore even agreed upon standards relating to the children’s best interest.”

Currently, Jolie holds physical custody of their children while Pitt is limited to supervised visits.