This is big. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been in the midst of tension-filled divorce proceedings, especially after she requested sole custody of their six children. However, they will likely end up with joint custody, an expert tells us EXCLUSIVELY, saying any other outcome would be ‘ridiculous.’
Brad Pitt, 52, and Angelina Jolie, 41, reached a temporary agreement on Sept. 30, giving her full custody of their six kids for three weeks. Despite Angelina’s request for sole custody in the divorce documents, Lawyer Kelly Chang Rickert told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that she believes Brangelina will ultimately share legal and physical custody. “It is absolutely ridiculous to think either of them will end up with NO visitation or custody of the children — visitation and custody are the same in California courts. When you have visitation, you have custody.”
She explained, “In California, in a divorce or separation, the courts have a duty to ensure frequent and continuing contact with BOTH parents. The deal they struck is only “temporary” until a Judgment or further order is in place. Brad does not currently have monitored visitation with his children.” Kelly continued, “The first meeting would have been with a monitor who will then subsequently determine whether future visits would be monitored. Angelina is going for primary custody likely because it is a legal label that shifts the burden to Brad. If she ever wants to move away, Brad needs to prove it’s a detriment.”
Brad and Angelina have been working towards doing whatever is best for their family, shortly after the Malificent actress filed for divorce from her beau of twelve years on Sept. 15. Since the public split, things have been especially trying for Brad, who was under investigation from the Department of Child Services following an alleged altercation with his son Maddox on a private plane. However, it seems the case may eventually be dropped due to insufficient evidence. Meanwhile, when the “temporary agreement” ends on Oct. 20, DCFS will reportedly have the ability to pose new rules or send them to court.
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