Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Reportedly Reach A Custody Agreement, But It's Unclear How Permanent
It's been less than two months since the heartbreaking news of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce broke, and now, another development is making their split that much more final. According to a statement released by Jolie's rep to Us Weekly, Jolie and Pitt have reached a custody agreement as of Monday, giving Jolie custody of all six children with therapeutic visitation for Pitt. Reportedly, Pitt retains shared legal custody of the children. According to Us Weekly's report, the children have been in Jolie's care since their divorce was made public in September. Although her rep confirmed the news, they didn't disclose any of the particulars.
Back in October, Pitt reportedly reunited with his children for the first time since his split with Jolie via a supervised visit. Then, on Friday, Pitt reportedly filed for joint custody. In the statement to Us Weekly Jolie's rep claimed that their plans were made final "over a week ago."
Bustle has reached out to reps for Jolie and Pitt regarding the statement to Us Weekly, as well as regarding reports that Pitt filed for joint custody.
Jolie's rep's statement to Us Weekly reads:
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.
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting a very different story. According to what sources close to the family claim to the site, the custody battle is still ongoing, and this agreement is reportedly temporary. People reports that their sources also claim that this is not their official custody agreement and that it is "an independent step Pitt and Jolie agreed to while they attempt to work on a more permanent settlement."
When their divorce was first announced, Pitt released the following statement to 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.
Jolie's attorney told People at the time,
Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.