Last Friday, Angelina Jolie’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean issued a statement about her client’s custodial battle with Brad Pitt. DeJean said that Pitt and Jolie had come to an out-of-court agreement, but the specific terms of the custody agreement were confidential. The fact that it was not a joint statement was… interesting. It also sounded like both Angelina and Brad had given up some things just so they wouldn’t have to go through an exhaustive custody hearing/trial.
I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop – what would Team Pitt leak about Angelina, or what would they leak about the deal? For days, nothing much happened. Well, Us Weekly has an exclusive story, which boils down to this: Brad Pitt “got what he wanted” in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie. That’s according to a “source,” who also says “Angelina agreed to a deal that gives Brad joint physical and legal custody of the children.” Again, no one has any information on the specifics of the deal. But The Blast is trying too:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie officially filed their temporary custody agreement with the court on Tuesday and we’re told the arrangement will see Pitt gain more and more custody over time. The specifics of the deal are confidential but according to our sources, Pitt gets less than 50% custody of the couple’s six children. We’re told Pitt will see an increase in his custodial time with the kids but it will come in stages.
Our sources say Pitt is angling for a 50/50 split when things are all said and done but that requires an agreement on the financial details as well. The documents filed on Tuesday specifically says the court is “reserving jurisdiction over termination of marital or domestic partnership status and financial issues.”
There are hundreds of millions of dollars in money and property that must be combed through to hash out a complete settlement and finalize the divorce. Jolie recently handed over her financial information to Pitt’s legal team as the stars continue to negotiate.
Less than 50% custody… with only the five youngest kids, although I seriously doubt Pax is all about spending time with Brad either – reportedly, Pax is on Team Maddox, and Maddox has no interest in seeing his dad, and Maddox is old enough to not be included in the custody stuff. So, Brad and Angelina’s deal is mostly about the four youngest kids, and Brad isn’t getting 50-50 custody until he and Angelina make a deal on alimony, child support and their full financial and real estate holdings. Is that what Brad wanted? *shrug*
I do think the lack of leaks is pretty interesting though – it feels like Angelina’s lawyer put the fear of God into Brad’s legal team with all of their leaking.
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