Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Reach Temporary Custody Agreement After Messy Split
As TMZ first reported, the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services suggested the deal and recommended that both stars accept to avoid a lengthy court battle. The agreement will be in effect for three weeks, at which time the DCFS will draw up another arrangement or turn the jurisdiction over to the court.
Jolie, 41, will get full physical custody of the couple’s six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8. Pitt, 52, will receive visitation rights, but the initial visit will be monitored by a therapist, who then has the authority to allow or deny the Fight Club actor unmonitored time with the kids. In addition, the Mr. and Mrs. Smith costars will both undergo individual counseling, as well as attend family counseling sessions with the kids.
Another caveat of the agreement is that the the World War Z actor will be subject to random drugs and alcohol testing. Pitt’s first drug test showed he was negative for any drugs or alcohol.
The source — who confirms TMZ’s report in full — tells Us Weekly that Jolie is pleased with the terms. “She did get what she wanted out of this,” the insider told Us. “Now she wants to do what’s best for the kids. Yes, she is still upset but focused on family right now and got most of what she asked for.”
The Maleficent actress filed for divorce on Monday, September 19, citing irreconcilable differences. In the court documents, she requested sole physical custody of the kids. The Oscar winner decided to call it quits on their two-year marriage after a serious incident occurred on the couple’s private jet earlier this month, where an intoxicated Pitt was allegedly verbally abusive and physical with the kids. The FBI later confirmed they were looking into the incident and determining whether to pursue an investigation.