Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s kids are devastated by their parent’s divorce.
As a report hit the web claiming Brad Pitt had been cleared of the child abuse allegations against him, another report suggests that their two oldest children, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, and Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12, are so fed up with the drama between them that they don’t want to be around them.
“Maddox and Pax are now so upset with Brad and Angie that they do not want to live with either of them,” a source told Hollywood Life on November 8. “The two boys are so disturbed with how their parents are behaving and everything they are being put through.”
Brad Pitt and his wife are also parents to Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt, eight.
Brad Pitt cleared over abusive behaviour towards son Maddox https://t.co/cYiqK6thiv
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 10, 2016
On November 9, a TMZ report confirmed that Brad Pitt had been cleared in the child abuse case he was targeted by in September and according to the report, that gives the 52-year-old actor a major advantage when it comes to his ongoing custody battle with Jolie. As fans will recall, the children have been living with Jolie in Malibu, California since she filed for divorce on September 19 and Brad Pitt has been allowed nothing more than visitation with the kids.
During the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Service’s investigation, Brad Pitt, his wife, his kids, and witnesses on their private plane were interviewed but no evidence of child abuse was found and on Wednesday, the case was officially closed.
TMZ also revealed that the organization wasn’t buying Jolie’s claims that Brad Pitt intentionally hit their son Maddox, nor did they believe there was a pattern of misconduct on the part of Brad Pitt.
As for what’s next, Brad Pitt will be continuing his fight for joint custody of his six children while his estranged wife fights for sole physical custody.
“[Brad Pitt] has some great lawyers and this should all play in his favor,” Father’s Rights Attorney David Pisarra explained to Hollywood Life on November 9. “[Brad Pitt] should be restored to full parental rights and have equal shared parenting at this point that is on the temporary level which often becomes permanent. As long as nothing changes between now and the time that he gets to a permanent arrangement, the court will look to the temporary and say why not make it permanent? If it seems to be working, the kids are well-adjusted, then everyone is happy.”
Kelly Chang Rickert, a divorce lawyer and custody expert, agreed with Pisarra’s take.
“If the DCFS have closed the case against him then it is time for [Brad Pitt’s] legal team to step-up their game and negotiate more time for him with the kids,” she explained to the outlet. “If it is true this is great news for Brad Pitt and it will also really strengthen his case for joint custody of the children with any California judge too.”
— E! News (@enews) November 10, 2016
Although Brad Pitt should have an advantage at this point, Pisarra pointed out that Jolie could make things difficult and attempt to drag out the custody battle in hopes of getting what she wants.
“It is in the dragging out part that [Brad Pitt] might lose patience and he may sign any bad deal that comes in front of him so that he can get back to having a relationship with his kids,” Pisarra explained.
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