Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie get joint custody of their children
A total of five years. That is how long the media and long divorce negotiations between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have lasted for the custody of five of their six children, which have finally concluded with the decision of a Californian court to grant them joint custody, despite the actress's intention to avoid them. As reported by the portal specialized in celebrities 'Page Six', the magistrate John Ouderkirk made his decision clear in his ruling after months of listening to the testimonies of witnesses, experts and people close to the family.
"There was a significant change in the custody agreements based on an extremely detailed decision made by the judge. Brad was just trying to spend more time with his children, and it has become clear that she has done everything she can to avoid it," posted the quoted medium quoting a person from the actors' environment.
Angelina Jolie criticized the judge after issuing her verdict, stating that her children have not been allowed to testify and that she refused to hear the evidence that she claimed was relevant to the safety and well-being of the children before rendering her verdict. Court documents do not detail what that evidence may be.
"Judge Ouderkirk denied Ms. Jolie a fair trial, improperly excluding evidence relevant to the health, safety and well-being of the children, essential evidence to develop the case," said the legal representatives of the interpreter. The actor's lawyers, meanwhile, consider that "Ouderkirk has carried out the procedure exhaustively and fairly, and reached a decision after listening to experts and witnesses."
They also point out that the actress's testimony "lacked credibility in many important areas" and that her objections to reaching an agreement "would cause serious harm to children, who will be further denied stability." Of the six children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, only the oldest of them is not subject to the joint custody agreement: Maddox, who is now 19 years old. Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 12, are within the legal agreement between their parents.