Judge to Angelina Jolie: Stop Keeping Your Kids from Brad Pitt!
We interrupt ongoing speculation over Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s love lives in order to bring you factual news on their parental front.
Just about two years after they stunned the world with their divorce news, the A-List stars have amended their custody arrangement for the summer.
According to a variety of new court documents, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County has determined that “not having a relationship with their father” would be “harmful” to Jolie and Pitt’s six kids.
(They, of course, would be: Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9.)
The court writes that the offspring of this former couple “are safe with their father” and that it is “critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship” with both of their parents.
(However, it’s worth noting that Maddox is basically free to spent time with either parent as he so choose due to his age.)
Prior to this revision, Jolie had successfully kept her kids away from her ex-husband for the most part, as she allegedly believed he was a bad influence on them.
Now, however, a judge has threatened to strip primary custody from Jolie if she does not take steps to improve the relationship between her children and their dad.
To what extent?
The stars were actually ordered be on a phone call between the kids and two psychologists in order “to explain the summer schedule,” the documents read.
Moreover, the actor will have physical custody everyone except Maddox for four hours a day from June 8 to 17 in London, where Jolie rents a residence.
Pitt must spend time with each child at least twice during the 10-day period with one of the psychologists present.
And Jolie will not be present during her estranged husband’s custodial time.
The documents goon to list other dates in June, July and August during which Pitt will have custody of the kids.
It even sounds like he will have them all to himself from July 21-29 in Los Angeles.
Family law lawyer David Glass, who is NOT associated with the case, tells People Magazine that this sort of legal intervention is unusual.
But there must have been ample evidence to show that Jolie really was doing a disservice to her children and to Pitt.
“It’s a rare case where the court will find that someone alienated the kids,” Glass explains, adding:
“It takes a lot to move the court past estrangement into alienation, but once it’s determined that one parent is alienating the kids, the court has no choice but to jump in and make pretty strong orders right away.”
This new arrangement even requires Jolie to provide Pitt with the kids’ cell phone numbers so that he may text them.
Jolie and Pitt separated in September 2016… and we remain in shock that this marriage failed to work out.
While there have been plenty of rumors regarding the relationship status since, neither Pitt nor Jolie has said much in public about their private affairs.
“This [divorce] has been a longstanding back-and-forth, and hopefully now there will be greater collaboration for the benefit of the kids,” an insider tells Us Weekly, concluding:
“The kids have always been a priority for both parents and hopefully everyone will comply with the court order going forward.
“Brad will be wherever he needs to be for the kids.”