Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s custody trial begins next month with a ‘private judge’

Angelina Jolie takes the girls for some retail therapy at Kitson

On Monday, TMZ published their first Brangelina-Divorce story in almost three months. TMZ had been getting bitchy exclusives about how Poor Brad Pitt was so misunderstood, and Mean Villainess Angelina Jolie was trying to steal Brad’s money and children. Those stories were happening when Laura Wasser was Angelina’s main divorce lawyer. Then Angelina hired Samantha Dejean, a well-respected divorce lawyer from outside of LA, someone who specializes in nasty custody disputes. Team Pitt was shook. The pro-Pitt outlets were shook too. Once Dejean became the lead lawyer, suddenly the bitchy anti-Jolie articles began to fade away. But it couldn’t last – now TMZ has the news that the custody trial begins in about a month:

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will go head-to-head in a full-blown custody trial, which begins early next month … TMZ has learned. Angelina and Brad have filed legal docs asking an L.A. Superior Court Judge to give them until next June to hash out their bitter divorce … with the help of a private judge.

The custody trial is now set to begin December 4, and the 2 parents could not be further apart. Angelina wants sole physical custody of their 6 kids and Brad wants 50/50 joint custody. We’re told the custody trial should take somewhere between 2 and 3 weeks, and then the judge has to sort it all out.

In addition to custody, the private judge needs to handle the property settlement. There is not a prenup … which is huge, given the bad blood between the two. We know Brad has bitterly complained he feels Angelina is trying to deny him the right to parent their kids.

[From TMZ]

I don’t understand the timeline… Brad and Angelina have asked the court to give them until June 2019, but they’re going into a custody trial next month? Eh. My guess – and this really is just a guess – is that Angelina and Brad are giving themselves more time to work on the financial stuff, but that they both want the custody issue worked out sooner rather than later. We’ll see.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio back in their car on the set of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

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  1. anp says:

    Get your divorce Angelina. He is just posturing for the public.

  2. Everley says:

    Brad is the one who requested more time even though he wanted to bifurcate first.

  3. LadyT says:

    Give me one good legally sound reason, with factually sourced evidence to support it, why she should be given sole custody.

    • ANDREA1 says:

      She must have a very good reason for that. And the facts will be presented to the courts and not you

      • Mari Me says:

        Nor will the facts be presented to you.

        From the previous postings, I thought this was already a done deal, Brad lost, blah, blah, blah. I guess some of you do not know as much as you think you do. Like everyone else, all that is known is speculation about what is put in the media.

    • Reese says:

      It will be interesting to see if she gets it. She has access to the best solocitors with her money. If AJ is asking for it I wonder if her legal team feels her case is strong enough to warrant it.
      Or it could be she found a solicitor who would pursue want she wanted. I’m not American and am not all that familiar with the American courts.

      • ANDREA1 says:

        “it will be interesting to see if she gets it. She has access to the best solicitors with her money. If AJ is asking for it I wonder if her legal team feels her case is strong enough to warrant it”.
        @Reese i tend to agree with this if she doesn’t have a strong case i believe her attorneys would have told her that from the very beginning instead of wasting time and money

      • aaa says:

        Angelina had one of the top divorce attorneys in the country and she no longer represents Jolie.

      • Go Figure! says:

        So glad she got rid of Wasser. This divorce has dragged on for too long. Now Pitt either has to put up or shut up. Be glad when Angie gets her divorce and moves on with her life.

    • Mia4s says:

      That’s for a judge to decide. Frankly though the fact that he was only permitted supervised visits with his kids for two years (TWO YEARS!!!) means I would not be terribly comfortable seeing 50/50 without a court investigation and review.

    • nora says:

      she’s not asking for sole custody, she’s asking for physical custody two different things.

    • Booie says:

      @ladyt I have one. He can’t even be with his kids unsupervised. How could he possibly look after them if he has to be looked after when alone with them

      • Lokigal says:

        THANK YOU!! was about to type this exactly.

        How could she NOT ask for sole physical custody when Brad still cant be alone with the kids withOUT supervision for 2 years after the plane incident? And they still need therapy now? He may be considered ‘safe’ in the broadest sense of the word but that does NOT he is fit to parent their kids well. I mean a pitt bull can be considered safe around children but that does not mean they are fit parents. (i LOVE pitties btw and i think if the dogs did soemthing bad, it is usually because of bad training or negligent owners).

        After 2 years of letting her kids go through this debacle, i think sole physical custody with visitation is the best most stable outcome she can ask for. it gives them that feeling of security while allowing them to still work things out with Brad, without worrying that they may be uprooted again.

    • .... says:

      The children are terrified of Brad and refuse to see him. They don’t want him. Because of his actions over a decade of knowing him………..That’s between Brad and his kids and a lot of doctors and a judge. Has been going on for 3 years now.
      He won’t have a relationship w any of his kids. His publicist is trying to figure out the spin from here on out. I mean….what can you say to fix this guys image? Esp w the other lawsuits going on…….he’s a con. Poor Leo can only carry this guy for so long, and the q t movie will be done. Then what? No one thinks he’s hot, no one cares who he’s dating…he’s almost SIXTY! All people see Is dude was an ahole to six little kids for a long long time, and they dumped him.

      • Sheda says:

        U sound overly aggressive over a situation you’re not apart of. Dragging his looks and Leo into it. Go take your pills and relax.

      • hola says:

        Agree with you . He’s close to 60 . He needs to brass himself and make it right for his family.
        @Sheda : There is nothing agressive . Go take your own pills

    • AD says:

      Ask the children, maybe they’ve got he answer for you., they were on therapy for a good while not sure if they still are. It’s not about what Jolie wants, what the children wants.

    • Rebecca says:

      I guess that would depend if shes asking for primary custody with Brad getting visitation rights (less than 50/50) or if she’s actually asking for sole custody with no visitation rights for Brad. I think you’re right if she’s actually asking for sole custody without visitation rights.

  4. BearcatLawyer says:

    JUST STOP, both of you. Agree to a 50/50 split, which is what most judges will order anyway, and quit the public nastiness. The optics are horrible for both of you by continuing to drag this out (at the rate you are going, the divorce will last longer than the marriage!), and your kids deserve some finality and consistency.

    • ANDREA1 says:

      The divorce already lasted more than the marriage. Whether we the public deem it fit or not the right thing has to be done for those kids it doesn’t matter how long it will take…

    • LadyT says:

      Both of you? She is fighting him for sole custody. This could have been settled at any time as a 50/50 split.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Angelina is being unrealistic, and Brad is just being ridiculous with his media campaign. They both need to start acting like mature adults.

      • .... says:

        No it couldn’t have……the kids won’t see him and the evaluators and judge don’t think it’s safe for them to be alone in the same room with Brad. A man who is almost 60! Pathetic. There are some real losers that still have custody and visitation w their kids…just to put this into perspective. He has serious issues that aren’t fixable.and aren’t kid friendly.

      • Ronaldinhio says:

        No. She is asking for physical custody.

    • Maya says:

      Enough with the both of them bs. Brad is the one who asked for extension twice now.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        And she is fighting for sole custody when she knows that is the longest of long shots in divorce cases. But keep defending her; I find it amusing!

    • Hmmm says:

      Yes, Angelina why can’t you stop the therapist and dr’s. Don’t you know you are all powerful and stronger than the court system Brad has you trapped in. Don’t forget he’s the one who had cps and FBI on their case and he’s the one that needed a safety plan for cps.

  5. Loopy says:

    So Lara Wasser was leaking her clients information?

  6. lalaf says:

    We have no idea what happened in their home or with those kids behind closed doors, even with the filings that’s been leaked we still have no way of knowings. I just hope they are eventually able to come together and resolve it for everyone’s sake that’s directly involved.

    • LadyT says:

      Agreed. Yet I am of the opinion, if the ammunition was as powerful as all that, the therapists and judge would have shut this down ages ago. Didn’t happen. As a matter of fact Jolie’s lawyer stepped away because of the direction it was taking.

      • ANDREA1 says:

        No she didn’t step away she was let go by Angie. The fact that was has been in monitored visitation with therapist raises a red flag spin it however you want but something really terrible went down and he is not as clean as you make him out to be

      • LadyT says:

        No, not clean. That’s not my opinion. But deserving to lose physical custody I do question.

      • Lady D says:

        Or she stepped away because she was busted dishing dirt to TMZ?

      • LadyT says:

        If Jolie fired her, why outright lie about it for a full month? It seemed like a case of CYA until she got a new team in place, then act like it was her choice all along. Just my opinion. Wasser would not be held in the highest regard in her community if she was doing such shady, disbarring level activities. That’s an unbelievable stretch to me.

      • kacy says:

        LadyT, agree with 100%. If you fire someone, you don’t act like it didn’t happen for month while you are bringing on a new team. You get the new team and then fire the old lawyer. Wasser was honour bound by the bar to continue representation until Angelina found a replacement.

      • Ronaldinhio says:

        Speaking as a therapist- there still being a therapist involved via court order is highly significant

  7. anp says:

    Reality check something dramatic happen on that plane which resulted in Angelina getting temporary sole custody, the children needing therapy, Angelina leaving him and requesting a divorce .

  8. skipper says:

    I wonder if she is genuinely concerned for her children’s safety around Brad at this moment in time or if this is more of a woman scorned power play on her part. I’m not shading her at all, I’m just trying to make sense of it all. It’s all so complicated. It makes my head spin.

    • Jennifer says:

      You’re not shading her, only wondering if she’s a scorned woman doing some kind of power play? Lol wut. She left him, he’s the one scorned here. And I doubt she’s doing all of this–putting herself and her children through all of this and opening herself to such public scrutiny and vitriol– without good reason. That reason most likely being that Brad Pitt is an alcoholic and an abusive parent.

      • ANDREA1 says:

        “And I doubt she’s doing all of this–putting herself and her children through all of this and opening herself to such public scrutiny and vitriol– without good reason. That reason most likely being that Brad Pitt is an alcoholic and an abusive parent.”
        @Jennifer you couldn’t have said this any better

    • minx says:

      “Woman scorned” by whom? She did the leaving.

      • skipper says:

        A scorned woman has never left a man before?

        We don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors. If he is maintaining his sobriety then that’s a game changer and that would be a great thing. I wonder if she is sober as well. She has had major drug issues in the past that go way further than just alcohol and marijuana. No one knows the truth but the two of them and who knows how honest they truly are.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      This narrative is so damaging to women everywhere. If you have concerns about the safety, physical or emotional, of your children you might simply be acting as a woman scorned.
      This narrative is internalised misogyny at its most obvious and sounds as though it could have come from the Daily Hell itself

  9. Sage says:

    Jolie will not be granted sole custody but, I believe shes fighting for it because in the end she will be the primary care giver. Look at the optics this weekend, Angelina took the kids to check out university’s and Brad went to the Hollywood awards show.
    I also believe what he did to the kids was so bad that he really doesn’t want it out in court… Brad could and should have taken her to court a long time ago.

  10. anp says:

    Reality check: He was seen at least with one child in public before 2016. It is going into the 3rd year we have Not seen him with at least one child in public.

    Question does the children really want to spend 50 percent of their time with him.

    • lingli says:

      While I admit that’s a 180° turn from when he was married (when they both frequently appeared in public with the kids, often when they had something to promote) I don’t necessarily view the fact that he hasn’t been papped with the kids as a negative, or as an indication he isn’t seeing them. There are many celebrity parents who manage to keep their children out of the public eye. Perhaps he feels that it’s better for them not to have to worry about photographers? Vivienne, in particular, often looks deeply uncomfortable when she’s papped coming out of the grocery store or similar.

    • Myrtle says:

      @anp This is my thought, too. We’ve seen many pics of Angie out with the kids, but we haven’t seen any pics of Brad with even one of the six kids since Angie filed. However…do we really know FOR SURE that he can still only have supervised visits? If this is true, if all his visits still need to be supervised, I think his chances of getting shared physical custody are slim to none.

      • BB says:

        IIRC, supervised visitation ended in July. His visits with them in London were supervised, but not when they came to Los Angeles. There was no mention of supervision in the last temporary visitation schedule (4 hours with them every other school day, 12 hours every other non-school day.) So his visits were supervised for an extended period of time before that, and they’re still regularly meeting with therapists.

      • LadyT says:

        His visits are not supervised despite what you read here. Read the Judge’s Order from early June if you want facts. He ordered therapeutic support for the children because Jolie had been hindering their relationship with father. Expressly deemed Brad safe and in fact the children were harmed by NOT seeing him. For people to claim the children are supervised because they are unsafe with Brad is blatantly false.

  11. Ali says:

    Legal and physical custody are not the same thing. While it is pretty rare to not give parents 50/50 on legal custody, physical custody, amount of time spent with one parent or the other, is not infrequently divided up in different increments like 60/40 80/20 etc. I doubt she gets 100% physical custody but ask for full get 80/20 is maybe what she’s hoping for.

    I admit to primary physical parenting bias. I’m the one that spends 80% of time with my kids now while their other parent travels frequently for work. If we got divorced and 50/50 was floated, I’d push back, too. Also, physical time spent with kids determines child support so those previously absent parents always show up demanding 50/50 in court.

  12. anp says:

    Reminder He has been trying to rewrite history since 2016. Angelina left him and she requested a divorce in 2016.

  13. lucy2 says:

    It’s amazing to me that this is still going on. This is one of the uglier splits in recent memory. For the sake of the kids, I hope they reach some sort of agreement quickly, and everyone can move forward with their lives.

    • Lady D says:

      Ben and Jen’s divorce took three years. Angelina’s dealing with an alcoholic too.

      • lucy2 says:

        That one took forever too, but at least they appear to have worked together to resolve it. This one doesn’t seem to be making any progress.

      • Maya says:

        Ben acknowledges that he is an alcoholic and tries to amend. Plus unlike Brad, Ben never abused his wife & children…

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “Ben never abused his wife & children”

        that you know of.

        however, knowing what we DO know, I disagree with this assessment.

        Affleck banged the nanny (at least one that we know of) and was likely cheating on Garner a lot. add to that his stumbling around drunk and gambling, and all of it playing out in public on gossip pages.

        IMO, that is emotionally abusive to his wife and kids. no, we have no reports of physical abuse and hitting one of his kids “not in the face”, but his behavior has been abusive.

  14. BB says:

    There’s really no sense in arguing for or against either one of them. We don’t have all the facts, and the judge will do whatever is right and best for the kids based on extensive examination and analysis by professionals. No amount of “he’s abusive and doesn’t deserve custody!” Or “no, she’s just being vindictive!” is going to change anything.

    But I am grateful for the distraction this site provides. So much anxiety about Election Day, tonight can’t get here fast enough.

  15. truth hurts says:

    I can agree on this one I truly and honestly believe that Angie is not fighting him about this for just spitefulness or being a bitch. I believe she DOESN’T trust him with them alone when he gets upset or drunk. That is her concern I can almost bet. I applaud her efforts and he is fighting her for 50/50 out of pure spitefulness.
    Any man who admits to not being there for his family is not good for them now when a divorce is on the way. He is spiteful and mad at her for leaving him and thinks it would look bad on him if he have her full physical custody not sole custody. Bye Brad

    • kacy says:

      A lot of men get a hard lesson in divorces and learn to become better fathers. You can’t cut them off forever due to previous behavior that does not arise to abuse.

      • Olive says:

        @kacy Of course the children can choose to cut their father off forever once they become adults if they want to.

  16. anp says:

    I am so proud of Angelina Jolie for Not worrying about what the public thinks about her. Her only concern is the happiness of her children and standing up for their rights.

    Hopefully Angelina gets her divorce soon.

  17. SJhere says:

    Hey, where can I get a “private Judge”?
    Oh..that’s right. I’m just a regular, working stiff.
    No private Judge for me.
    BP and AJ-P..stop this constant bs. Finalize, move on, concentrate on raising your children.

    • Booie says:

      She’s been doing that on her own for 2 years and long before that.

      Before anything happened the man spent Father’s Day having a blast on his own at a racetrack with photographers everywhere while the kids were spotted with Jolie in a different country. What a great father who is clearly very close to his kids. Not. She has and always will do the heavy lifting regardless of whether he gets joint or not. He will continue to enjoy himself without the kids as he pleases.

      • BB says:

        Arbitrary holidays are not that important to a lot of people. My family never celebrated Father’s Day, and I’m very close with my dad. My parents have been married over three decades, and they don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I remember when people freaked out that the family wasn’t in the US on American Thanksgiving. Who cares?

      • Sidewithkids says:

        It’s amazing how the media, tabloids and social media in America, especially, get people so confused they mix up/trick themselves make themselves believe the lie instead of the facts. We still live in a very unhealthy white male privileged society that always sides w/ the male vs female, person of color, child. Lol. It’s actually sad that I know all of this but I’m a huge Angelina fan and I loved it when they were together, however the last couple of years before Angie filed for divorce or so I saw Angie change into a whole different persona, it wasn’t normal Angie. It seemed very strange to me. Now I know why. This relationship had been over even before the marriage and the movie they did together that Angie directed. They actually did these two things in an effort to save the relationship (especially since they have kids). But here are facts told by both evidence and then interviews (if we take them by their words/you can look all this up). I’m gonna break it down for y’all in the next posts.

      • Booie says:

        I’m guessing the kids do as he admitted their relationship was distant and part of the problem. And they do spend mother’s day with mom, so that’s pretty telling. They’ve always been more attached to mom, spent more time to mom. You could argue that’s normal for kids if you’d like, but clearly it’s a problem when his kids were clearly resistant to him as stated in the leaked court papers. This is what this conversation is all about right? The situation at hand and custody. The point here shows he was distant well before the incident happen and Jolie has always been primary caregiver on a day to day basis.

  18. AD says:

    Yes AJ is an inspiration to all women, she is strong, resilient, focus, brave, determined, stands on her grounds what she feels is right. She is aware of the hate around her at the moment but she knows herself & her kids knows her that’s all that matters to her, many women would have given up or would have had a nervous breakdown but her resilience is just unbelievable. There must be a strong reason why the matter is now going on trial. Poor kiddies. Or could it be that the children pushed her to do it as she has always involve the children with decision making I.e. Their wedding.

    • Maya says:

      Well said – she is fighting for her children and their happiness.

      Brad will be exposed and lose because he is only fighting for his image.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        1. They fell in love and Angie took more of the hate while Brad did say some nice things he never said anything that really protected her from all of that.
        2. They are happy and have lots of babies. Babies grew and Angie took the mom role seriously. They became closer to her like friends. Brad may have become jealous. Angie tried to soothe him b/c she loved him.
        3. Angie said she wanted to quit acting and be more of a diplomat. Brad was cool w/ that he was acting more and producing more, until he wasn’t. By this I mean he didn’t like the two British diplomat ladies Angie was hanging w/. They laughed at him b/c he didn’t seem that smart to them. He became jealous, again. Angie tries to soothe him.
        4. Angie works less (what she gave up) for him to feel good about himself b/c now he’s getting older and grumpier b/c of that, he would always say it’s a young kids game (acting wise) while Angie’s international game and fame grows. Kids talk more w/ Angie than him. He’s started drinking more and hanging out more b/c he feels he’s not needed. When he gets back he yells at her and the kids.
        5. Angie finds out about the Big C and does the operations. Helps their relationship for awhile, but Angie looks different and may feel different to him. He turns to the bottle again while Angie deals w/ herself alone while directing as well. Which is something she’s falling in love w/ more and more.
        6. They get married. But it still doesn’t fix the problems. Brad hardly comes home now, working all the time. He blames the kids, her working on film as a director and she maybe takes blame for it.
        7. Angie’s w/ kids all the time now as she’s slowed down on all her jobs/work. But it still doesn’t help. When they see each other it’s another fight/confrontation. The kids see it all and they of course don’t like it plus their mom is still ill/getting thinner and not taking care of herself.
        8. They’re together on the plane. He’s drunk, their fighting, kid used to this tho until Maddox gets the courage to say something, Brad and him get into it. Angie decides right then and there she has enabled him and she has taught the kids to do the same. She decides to leave. She plans quickly. Knows she has to leave him. She asks for the divorce.
        9. People want to make it seem like Angie is scorned. Or she’s bitter Or crazy. She is none of those things. She asked for the divorce. I think she still cares about Brad, no longer in love but still cares b/c she loved him (once) and that is her children’s father.
        10. She wants physical custody not sole custody. Throughout this whole process she’s been listening to the lawyers, therapists but most important her children. Angie is doing this for them. If the kids told her today they wanted to be w/ him more, I believe Angie would do it. Look how she didn’t take him to court immediately which she could have done after the incident nor did she balk when they asked her to stay in LA even though she hates it there. It’s been over two years now and Angie could have spilled all the tea but she hasn’t. Lol. That’s why it always makes me laugh when people call her a bi—, I think that’s absurd. Angie is one nice lady, maybe too nice actually b/c something deeper is going on w/ Brad here. Some good hard fact finding reporter needs to report his story b/c its been over two years and still no movement on this. That’s on Brad not Angie.

      • BB says:

        Is this some kind of fan fiction? Her diplomat friends were laughing at him for not being smart? You said above you were going to lay out facts and you’re just dreaming stuff up.

      • Dulce says:

        Sidewithkids…
        BEST Comment of the day!! 👏👏

  19. Sidewithkids says:

    Also, let me add, this is the justice/court system we’re talking about here. Lol. I think Brad fans may give her too much credit b/c they believe she can fight the justice system’s rules/laws. She can not. The woman has power but not that much. It’s been over two years and Brad still hasn’t been seen w/ the children. If that’s not crazy, I don’t know what crazy is, here. Lol. That’s not on Angie again thats on the justice/court system.

    Also, he’s completely lost Maddox and Pax. They aren’t seeing him. If there was any doubt, that South Korea trip showed us that. Plus, I’m gonna say it, it’s not Angie who’s alienating the other four children, it’s them two (moreso it’s the younger ones looking up to them and loving them). Maybe when they get older and Brad has realized he messed up but for now he better hope he can see his other four children.

    • Hmmm says:

      Exactly. The people saying they both need to end it are forgetting how many dr’s are involved in the situation. I believe about ten were mentioned in one of the leaked files. It’s insane and obviously something major happened for those kids to need that much help. As much as I like Angelina NO SHE IS NOT MORE POWERFUL than the judge and the many orders that said Brad needed supervision and the kids needed to meet with dr’s after every visit. It’s as if his fans think Angelina can wave a her Maleficent hand and magically make it all dissapear for poor Brad. He’s a loser father – time to face it.

    • Carmen says:

      I think they’re going to end up splitting the difference. She will get sole custody of Maddox and Pax and maybe Z or Shiloh. He will get 50/50 custody of the other three.

  20. anp says:

    SidewithKids Thank you very much for your Posts!

    • Sidewithkids says:

      No Problem. Just stating the obvious but some people are closed off to what’s obvious, including Brad Pitt.

      I thought he may be close to getting 50/50 but now I’m not so sure. I hope the judge really examines this case and do what’s right and fair for the kids mostly tho. They have the biggest say in this custody case.

      • truth hurts says:

        SWK it is because people choose to believe what they want and side with people because they hate or dislike the alter. Just look at the US political system to see Americans mindset.

  21. .... says:

    No matter what happens he’s permanently tarnished the only thing he cares about….his image.

    He WILL NEVER live this down. True colors shown….cat out of the bag.

    No one thinks those poor kids should have to have anything to do w this clown. He’s a narcissist and they need to go no contact. Period.

    Brad Pitt equals …..crap actor, joke of a human being, abuser, psychopath, narcissist, manipulator, parasite……LIAR.

  22. anp says:

    Stay strong Angelina because the truth will come out about him eventually. He can only fool the public for so long.

  23. .... says:

    How are brads other messes going? We know how this ones gonna end……….

    How’s the Make it Right lawsuit? How’s the Native American building scam lawsuit?

    No one cares about this divorce anymore….it’s year 3. Everyone has moved on except Brad….and that’s just so people will forget about his other lawsuits. the fact anyone put him on a PSA for anything blows my mind, considering the disservices he has done to the public.

  24. Sidewithkids says:

    Angie and her team has talked to People now and this is just confirming the same thing that’s been going on. Brad and his team is behind the TMZ post to once again make her look bad.

    Angie has great resolve b/c if this was me. Chile. I wish her well. The kids too. I really do.

  25. AD says:

    What I don’t understand is why do they keep leaking to the press, why don’t they just deal with the matter quietly in a civilised way & informed the press the outcome of the whole scenario if that’s what they want. They are not obliged to inform the press why do they keep leaking to these tabloids mags. Good grief are they not aware that their children are hurting too, no consideration at all. Do they even know what private means!

    • BB says:

      Updates like this could come from anyone associated with the case. I doubt either of them want the public knowing a trial is coming up.

      But their past flare ups of sniping back and forth in the press do make me wonder how they stayed together so long. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of that again come December if the trial gets contentious…which it obviously will.

  26. anp says:

    On December 18th pitt will be 55 years old, his main concern is his Image and what Hollywerid thinks of him. Vanity is his weakness.

  27. Rebecca says:

    I’m wondering if TMZ got this wrong as they often do. There is a big difference between primary custody and sole custody. With primary custody, one parent gets more physical time with the children than the other, but the other parent still gets visitation. Primary custody gives the non-custodial parent less time than 50-50 visitation rights. For example, my mother had primary custody of me and my sisters and my father got to see us every wednesday and every other weekend. Usually the person who provided the most care for the children during the couples time together gets to be the primary custodian of the children. Sole custody on the other hand, is when one parent gets complete custody of the children and the other parent gets absolutely no visitation rights.

    If Angelina is asking for sole custody, I now understand the stories Brad Pitt’s team put out there about Angelina possibly losing custody of her children. If Brad Pitt is doing everything he is supposed to do, Angelina could be seen as alienating the children from their father because she is asking for Sole custody. However, she may know that Brad Pitt is not doing everything he was required to do by the court. I imagine that would be continuing to not drink, attending alcoholics anonymous meetings, and going to some type of anger management counseling. Perhaps her and her lawyer have some evidence that he is not doing those things.

    Also, sometimes lawyers use the strategy of asking for sole custody first in order to get their client primary custody. Perhaps that is what her lawyer is doing. This is not a good strategy because they are risking that their client may actually lose custody of their children.

    • LadyT says:

      She asked for shared legal and sole physical custody in her divorce filing. I’ve seen the document. As for the notion that Brad leaked or made-up the threat of Jolie losing custody if she didn’t change her behavior—again—it’s in an unsealed court document written by the case judge. Not rumor and no leaking required. Both documents are easily googled.

  28. AD says:

    I don’t think she is asking for sole custody, primary custody. Something happened why the negotiations broke down. There must have been a disagreement along the line during their negotiations that they are now going on trial. I hope they’ll keep it really,really private for the kids sake. Soon this will turn into a movie! No offence. How can a relationship suddenly turn into bitterness.

    • hola says:

      From the start , Mr Pitt wanted all the proceedings going his way.
      He forgot he had DCFS in front and center . Him wanting to bypass the agrement and recommandations behind the scenes was a disaster . What would have taken 6 months , took 2 years and it isn’t finished yet. And may i had , he still doesn’t have custody and was monitored all these months. Not a good idea Pitt. Change your shitty lawyer , you had and still have bad advices while he’s laughing to the bank.

  29. Truth hurts says:

    @AD I doubt it will be a movie because Pitt would die if it did. Secondly it seems lust faded with him and live faded with her. She carried the load with the kids and he carried the finances but somewhere his relationship with the older kids ruined his relationship with mummy.

  30. anp says:

    Angelina is truly a good person, she has stood up for women issues for over two decades. She has built schools and help UN policies get passed to protect women.

    Question can anyone find in print where Angelina has said a negative thing about anyone who have bashed her.

  31. BearcatLawyer says:

    Same. I cannot imagine how those kids feel seeing their parents’ divorc splashed all over the media.

  32. .... says:

    I think it’s more him fighting to force kids who want nothing to do w him to have to see him….so he can protect his image.

    He clearly would have been a present and non abusive dad when he had the chance …it that was ever his intention……obviously it wasn’t.

  33. Sidewithkids says:

    Lol. I think Angie isn’t fighting anything, she’s being patient plus she turned over her financial records, they’re waiting on Brad to comply. He’s the one who filed two extensions, not her.

  34. Hmmm says:

    Once again Angelina cannot control what ten therapist told the judge. Angelina can’t just stop the many dr’s from doing what they were ordered to do for her children. If she wasn’t puting her kids first she would have stayed with Brad and let cps take her kids. His fans forget he created this mess by being abusive. Angelina wasn’t the one who required supervised visits by the judge.

    And now it looks like whatever the evaluator came up with wasn’t good for Brad.

  35. Booie says:

    As someone else pointed out, Jolie didn’t create this mess. He did. And he alone can’t fix it. There were doctors and therapists involved that can’t be dismissed even if both were amicable.

  36. truth hurts says:

    And that is your perrogative Brittany. But she is to so many millions more. I get it , you all love to hate her. Do that. Spit on her, hate on her, go to every board and assault her, but don’t lie on her. She loved Brad, put up with his nonsense and took all the blame for years and continues to. No she aint perfect no one is in a marriage and Im sure there is enough blame to go around. But something in the milk ain’t clean with those kids and you all know it,

  37. Karen says:

    Same here why is she an inspiration? I can think of many other women who are an inspiration. She grew up in Hollywood and landed on her feet immediately as an actress. Maybe we don’t have the same definition.

  38. Carmen says:

    @Brittany: it’s clear enough to me. She’s saying Brad is trying to force the kids to visit him solely to protect his image as a caring dad, not because he really cares about them. I don’t think he cares about them either. I think he’s still hurt and angry that Angie left him and he’s using the kids as bargaining chips.

  39. BB says:

    If he truly didn’t care about the kids and only wanted to protect his image, why wouldn’t he just work out a deal with Angelina where she kept full custody but kept it quiet?

    If she ONLY cares about the kids and he ONLY cares about his image, they’d have come to a deal like that long ago. I’m guessing they both care about the kids, and they both care about their public image.