Angelina Jolie Custody Battle Ends, Brad Pitt Granted Visitation Rights

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached a custody agreement. According to Us Weekly, Angelina Jolie has been granted sole custody of the couple’s six children. Jolie’s soon-to-be ex-husband will be allowed to see the kids regularly after being granted visitation rights.

Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne will be living full-time with their mother, according to a statement from Angelina Jolie’s rep.

“We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago. In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. We are not in a position to discuss the details. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time,” the statement reads.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have not added the custody agreement to their divorce filings, but it has been reported that the two have agreed on what to do about their six kids. There have also been reports that suggest that Pitt was showcasing some form of child abuse and that there was some kind of investigation surrounding an incident that allegedly occurred on an airplane back in September, but Angelina Jolie’s rep made no mention of that.

A source said that the custody agreement reached by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is not temporary. This agreement will likely hold until all children at 18 years of age unless Pitt decides to fight Jolie in court in what would surely be a nasty, hard-to-win battle.

“There is no expiration date on the agreement. The only way for this agreement to change is if both parties agree to a change or Brad must file a completely new motion to go to court,” said a source.

Angelina Jolie may or may not have been surprised by Pitt’s motion to gain custody of their children. Shortly after Jolie filed for divorce, Pitt filed his own papers and requested joint physical and legal custody of the children. His tune has apparently since changed.

Jolie has had sole custody of the couple’s six children since she filed for divorce. Although Brad Pitt has met with his children since the couple’s split, it’s unknown exactly how much time he has been able to spend with them.

Despite this report and the reported custody agreement, sources close to Pitt say that he will continue to fight for his kids.

“Brad’s filing demonstrates that he’s going to fight for the kids. His filing shows that he is going to stand firm on sharing custody of the kids. It’s a clear sign that he’s going to fight for his right for the kids. There is still an open investigation going on by the FBI and DCFS, and the results of those investigations will be a factor in determining custody. Brad just wants the level of visitation and amount of custody a parent would have in a normal situation. Once those cases close, either DCFS or the FBI have the option to recommend charges or refer the case to another court,” explained a source.

Angelina Jolie shocked the world with her divorce filing, and the chances of her giving up custody of her children seems ludicrous. Jolie’s kids are very important to her, and she will do anything to protect them and to keep them in her care.

Do you think Angelina Jolie would ever consider sharing joint physical custody with her ex?

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