I think we’ve established by now that Brad Pitt is doing everything possible to make Angelina Jolie seem like “the bad guy.” His people went around to Page Six, E! News, Us Weekly and People Magazine to spin some tales for months about how Poor Brad only cares about his children, and he would do anything for his kids even if it meant maligning their mother publicly. Brad’s people were also trying to make it sound like Angelina was “furious” because Brad was flat-out PREVENTING her from taking the kids to London while she filmed Maleficent 2. As we learned soon after, Angelina was already in London with all the kids. They’ve been there for a few months.
Well, now someone wants you to know that an actual family-court judge is going to take away Angelina’s primary custody… if she refuses to follow a couple of simple instructions. Someone really wants the headline to be “Angelina in danger of losing custody!” I wonder who that someone is? According to documents obtained by The Blast (courtesy of People), a judge has given Angelina and Brad some pretty simple instructions about how to handle custody issues this summer.
Angelina Jolie is in danger of losing primary custody of her six children to estranged husband Brad Pitt. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, this could occur if she doesn’t take steps to improve their relationship with their father. A judge in the couple’s ongoing divorce case said the six children “not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them,” adding that “it is critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother.”
Furthermore, the judge said in court documents, “If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Pitt].”
The judge outlined some specific steps Jolie should take to improving Pitt’s access and relationship to the children. For example, the actress and humanitarian was asked to provide the actor with the cell phone number of each child and allow him to call anytime. Also, the judge said Jolie is not allowed to read their text messages with Pitt or secretly monitor his calls in anyway.
The court also outlined a detailed summer visitation schedule for the couple. Maddox was not included in the arrangement because at 16-years-old, the court determined he was old enough to decide how much time to spend with Pitt on his own. Pitt will spend June 8 to June 17 with the kids for four hours a day while he stays in London, where his ex-wife is currently renting a home and shooting Maleficent 2. Pitt will host one or two of the minors at a time, and will spend time with each child at least twice. Jolie is not allowed to be present during Pitt’s time with the children.
Then from June 27 through July 1, Pitt gets custody for 10 hours per day under the same scheduling circumstances. A child therapist will also be with the children during this time. From July 8 through July 14, Pitt will spend four consecutive days with the kids. A therapist will be present during that time and will meet with the kids before and after each two day period.
From July 21 through July 29, Pitt gets custody of the kids when he returns to California. Jolie will handle the kids’ travel from London to L.A., and Pitt will handle their return trip to London. Once back in L.A., Pitt can decide where to stay with the kids, but must make arrangements for their visits with therapists and doctors. When the kids are with Pitt, Jolie is restricted to one phone call a day at a prearranged time agreed to by both parties.
The headline, to me, is not “Angelina in danger of losing custody!” The headlines, to me, are along these lines:
1. Brad has barely had any visitation rights this whole f–king time
2. Brad hasn’t been allowed unsupervised access to the kids since he got drunk and did something to Maddox in 2016, and they’re only allowing him unsupervised access now, almost two years later.
3. Brad shouldn’t have made such a BFD about how he was staying in LA this summer to work on Quentin Tarantino’s Manson movie, because it seems like the court is ordering him to come to Angelina in London for most of the scheduled visitations.
4. The Jolie-Pitt kids don’t want to have much to do with their dad two years after the plane incident.
As for that last one about the kids and how the judge is blaming Angelina for the kids being “closed down” towards Brad… some of you have suggested that Angelina is guilty of parental alienation. But remember the leaked court documents from 2016? Angelina was the one insisting that the kids go into therapy, and that both she and Brad should listen to what the child-psychologists have to say about how the kids spend time with Brad. I remember specifically that the therapist’s recommendation back then was that the kids should not be forced to see Brad if they truly did not want to. The kids are getting older, and they can start making some choices for themselves. That being said, it sounds like the judge is trying to give Brad a chance to reconnect with the kids. We’ll see.
Update: Angelina has responded to these leaks through her spokesperson. The spokesperson told Vanity Fair today: “This misleading leak is not in the best interests of the children. From the start, Angelina has been focused only on their health and needs, which is why it was so important that this last court hearing be conducted privately. It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.”
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