Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reach Temporary Settlement: Who Gets the Kids?
Just two weeks ago, who would have thought that we’d be talking about drug testing and therapy sessions when it comes to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
But here we are.
Incredibly, shockingly, sadly… here we are.
Sources have confirmed to TMZ that Jolie and Pitt have reached a temporary settlement in their bitter divorce battle.
The actor and the actress sat down this week with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, along with their personal attorneys, to hash out the details.
Jolie, of course, filed to divorce Pitt on September 19.
At the time, she cited “irreconcilable difference” as the basis for the couple’s legal split, stating for the record that she and Pitt had separated on September 15.
The day before that separation date, Pitt allegedly got drunk on board a private airplane… and at least verbally abused his 15-year old son, Maddox.
Some have even said that Pitt physically abused Maddox, an accusation that has led to an FBI investigation and talk that Pitt is a terrible parent.
So that brings us today.
Sources familiar with the estranged couple’s situation tell DCFS that it made its recommendations and that the celebrities were faced with two options by the organization:
Agree to their deal… or fight it out in court.
Both sides have apparently agrees to the settlement laid out by DCFS.
And these are the terms of the settlement, per TMZ insiders:
Angelina gets full physical custody of the six children.
Brad has been granted visitation rights, but only with strings attached.
The first visit will be with a therapist present, with the therapist in possession of the power to either allow Brad future, unmonitored visits … or insist on being present whenever he’s around the kids.
Pitt will be subject to random drug/alcohol testing.
As has been stated throughout the Internet, Jolie thinks Pitt has problem with alcohol and marijuana. According to law enforcement sources, the actor’s initial test was negative for drugs and alcohol.
Brad and Angelina will each submit to individual counseling.
Moreover, Pitt, Jolie and the kids will undergo family counseling as a group.
Jolie is reportedly thrilled with the arrangement, which makes sense.
Her priority from the get-go has been to essentially take the kids away from Pitt. She sought full physical custody in her divorce papers.
She’s also been adamant (per third party sources and reports) that Pitt needs help with substance abuse.
It’s worth noting, however, that this agreement will only last for three weeks.
There’s still a lot more to go in the long run for these two.
At that juncture, three weeks from now, DCFS could impose new ground rules or conceivably turn the matter over to the courts.
Until then, all will remain quiet and calm between the couple.
But not on the Internet, of course. Expect plenty of chatter surrounding Bragelina to continue today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year…