Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated couples, is about to become Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor and bachelorette. Yes, that’s right, Brad and Angie have filed for divorce. If the media sources are anything to go by, this isn’t going to be a highly charged divorce full of animosity and trash talk. But it does seems that there is a great deal of controversy involved.
Although the couple have only been married since August 2014, they have been together for almost 12 years. The relationship began while they were filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith together in 2005, while Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Since then, the couple has adopted a number of children from other countries, and had several of their own as well.
Their children include 15-year-old Maddox Chivan, 13-year-old Pax Thien, 11-year-old Zahara Marley, 10-year-old Shiloh Nouvel, and 8-year-old twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline. According to media sources, Angelina has filed for sole physical custody of the children, with visitation rights for Brad.
It was Angelina who filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In a statement made by one of her attorneys, her reason was stated as the “health of the family.” Soon after, Brad released one of his own statements, saying he was “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.”
As of now, the couple have come to a temporary custody agreement.
Angelina will have full custody of the six children for the next three weeks. Brad will have visitation, but the initial visit will be monitored by a therapist who can decide after that whether or not to allow him unmonitored visits in the future.
According to Brandy Thompson, and experienced family law attorney at the Kronzek Firm, monitored or supervised visitation is not standard. Typically, if supervised/monitored visitation is ordered by the court, it is based on an incident or event causing concern for the welfare of the minor children.
In addition, both Angelina and Brad have agreed to individual counseling, as well as family counseling which they will attend with their children. The agreement also cites that Brad will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. The agreement is good for three weeks, at which time the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Service will draw up another agreement, or turn the matter over to the court.
The reasons for the divorce have not been made public by the couple, but there is a great deal of speculation in the media about why this famous marriage marriage fell apart. Some sources claim that Brad was cheating on his wife with Marion Cotillard, his co-star in the much anticipated WWII movie Allied.
Other sources claim that the causes behind the breach are closer to home. Some cite Brad’s temper and recreational substance abuse as factors. Others say that their interests simply diverged over the years and the couple fought more and more, making life harder for their children. No one is entirely sure. In truth, divorce is a very personal and private matter, and the reasons may never be made public, which is entirely their choice.
If you are considering divorce, or are currently going through a divorce, our experienced family law attorneys are here to help. We have provided advice and assistance to countless people over the years, securing a positive outcome for them during difficult times, and helping them to plan for a better future.