Brangelina split: Jolie to keep the kids; Pitt gets visiting rights
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has reached a temporary agreement with actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years. She has got the custody of their six children and has granted him visiting rights.hollywood Updated: Oct 01, 2016 13:52 IST
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has reached a temporary agreement with actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years. She has got the custody of their six children and has granted him visiting rights, reports said on Friday.
The divorcing couple were persuaded to agree to the detente by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Both will get one-on-one counselling and Pitt has to undergo drug and alcohol testing, TMZ said, despite him already submitting to a test voluntarily, whose results were found negative.
Jolie will have the physical custody of the six children — three of whom are adopted — while Pitt gets a first visit under the supervision of a therapist, who will decide how to proceed in the coming weeks.
“This is a completely voluntary agreement, and it is not an order or a mandate of any kind, nor is it any determination of custody,” entertainment website People quoted an unnamed source as saying.
It said the plan was effective up until October 20 and that the children would remain with Jolie at a rented LA house.
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce on September 19 citing irreconcilable differences and seeking permanent custody of their children.
Together since 2004, the power couple finally got married in France in August 2014.
The FBI has said it is gathering information before deciding whether to launch a federal probe into an alleged incident on a plane carrying Pitt and his children back from vacation in France.
It has not offered any details of the allegations but according to several American media outlets, Pitt had been involved in an angry outburst with at least one of his children.
Celebrity news organization Entertainment Tonight said on Thursday that Jolie’s team had brought in well-known crisis manager Judy Smith, the inspiration for Kerry Washington’s character on Scandal.
Pitt, meanwhile, has hired a New York-based strategic communications firm, along with Beverly Hills divorce attorney Lance Spiegel, whose past clients include Eva Longoria, ET reported.
ET quoted a source close to the couple saying that the two sides had recently been having “productive discussions.”
“The fact that things have quieted down is a good sign for everyone,” the source told the channel.
Representatives for the couple as well as the Children and Family services department did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
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First Published: Oct 01, 2016 13:51 IST