Thank goodness! Brad Pitt has officially been cleared of any wrongdoing in his child abuse case. We’re so glad to hear that, but what does it mean for his child custody battle? Could Angelina Jolie still get the kids? Experts explain EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com, here.
After a long and heartbreaking investigation, officials found that Brad Pitt, 52, did not abuse his children. So does that mean that he’s got a good chance of getting joint custody of the kids? “Brad has some great lawyers and this should all play in his favor,” Father’s Rights Attorney David Pisarra tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“He 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.” Yay!
Divorce lawyer and custody expert Kelly Chang Rickert agrees, and says now is the time to pounce if he wants custody. “If the DCFS have closed the case against him then it is time for his legal team to step-up their game and negotiate more time for him with the kids,” she explained. “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.”
However, it might not be that easy if Angie is hell-bent on keeping the kids away. “If Angie wants to make it difficult, if she wants to retain sole custody, she might be trying to drag this out so she can get what she wants,” says David. “It is in the dragging out part that Brad 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.” Hopefully that doesn’t happen and they both get a fair deal!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of the experts’ take on Brad’s chances of getting joint custody of the kids? Share your thoughts with us!