Brad Pitt achieves joint custody of his children
A California judge has awarded the American actor Brad Pitt (57) joint custody of his children in the divorce proceedings with the actress Angelina Jolie (46), who claimed sole custody, as reported by several American media.
The decision, issued by retired judge John Ouderkirk, who officiates in a private setting and not in court, validates the principle of fair custody, according to TMZ.
The judge would have made the decision, which comes almost five years after Angelina Jolies filed for divorce, after months of taking testimony from people close to the family and from child service professionals who interviewed the children.
The actress, dissatisfied with this decision that she is going to appeal, took legal action last year to obtain the dismissal of the judge in the case, a process that is still ongoing.
The decision affects five of the six children of the former couple and in the case of Maddox Jolie-Pitt (19), now of legal age, he can be appealed in civil justice.
Pitt and Jolie have not been officially married since April 2019, but they have not yet resolved the property division. In 2018, the two Hollywood stars reached a temporary agreement for joint custody of their children, in terms that remained confidential, but could not agree on a permanent formula.
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The FBI launched an investigation after an incident reported by TMZ and that would have taken place in September 2016. During a plane trip, Brad Pitt allegedly assaulted his children verbally and physically. At the end of their investigations, the US federal police decided not to initiate any prosecution.
Considered the most glamorous couple in Hollywood for a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were officially together from 2005 to 2016. They had three biological children together and Brad Pitt adopted Maddox, Pax and Zahara.