What Angelina Jolie's Divorce Filing Could Mean for Her and Brad Pitt's 6 Kids

Jackie Willis

Angelina Jolie's recent divorce filing requests that she have full physical custody of all their six children instead of sharing custody with Brad Pitt.

If granted, it means the kids would live with their mother full-time, and be allowed visits and sleepovers with their father. Jolie also filed for joint legal custody, which means Pitt has a say in the upbringing of Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Shiloh, 10, Zahara, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.

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Jolie and Pitt have been adamant about putting their children first. In 2008, ET asked Jolie what she would do if she wasn't an actress. "I think I'd just be home being a mom," she replied. "I love being a mom and I love my kids. So, I'd just stay home."

That same year at the Golden Globes, six years before she married Pitt, the 41-year-old actress admitted that she was in no rush to tie the knot. "We jumped into being a family first, and that just seems like the biggest commitment you could possibly make anyway," she said. "It doesn't feel like anything's lacking."

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Years later and a few months after getting hitched, Jolie confessed that being a wife and a mom was trying at times. "Maintaining a marriage and raising kids can be hard work," she told The Australian Women's Weekly in December 2014. "[We] work really hard at nurturing our family to make sure that everybody is alright and everyone stays connected… You have to really make sure that your work doesn't get in the way. That you don't do something that is going to put too much strain on your family."

Like his estranged wife, Pitt also continuously gushes about his family. "Everyone talks about the joy of having kids -- blah, blah, blah," he told The Telegraph in November 2015. "But I never knew how much I could love something until I looked in the faces of my children."

He added, "Listen, Angie and I were aiming for a dozen, but we crapped out after six."

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The couple's six children were very involved in their parents' nuptials in France. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie revealed that they even wrote wedding vows. "They did not expect us never to fight, but they made us promise to always say, 'Sorry,' if we do," she shared. "So they said, 'Do you?,' and we said, 'We do!'"

The actress walked down the aisle with her eldest son, Maddox, and Pax baked the couple's wedding cake. As for Jolie's wedding dress, the kids were also responsible for decorating her veil.

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"It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter," Pitt and Jolie told People at the time. "It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family."

In a statement to Reuters on Tuesday, Jolie said that her decision to divorce came "for the health of the family."

Pitt had a similar statement, telling People, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."

For more about how much Jolie and Pitt care about their children, watch the video below:

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