Family Law Expert Explains Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Messy Custody Situation – Exclusive

It’s been six years since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and her bitter custody battle is still not over.

According to TMZ, Jolie cited “irreconcilable differences” in her 2016 divorce filing and filed for sole custody of the six children she shares with Pitt: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Days after the filing, People reported that Pitt was under investigation by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. An anonymous source told authorities he had become physically and verbally aggressive towards one of his children – who was later identified as Maddox – on a private plane. Since the alleged incident occurred while the plane was in the air, the FBI became involved in the investigation. According to Entertainment Tonight, no evidence of abuse was found and a rep for Jolie revealed that she and Pitt had agreed to a temporary custody agreement.

In 2017, the former couple released a joint statement saying they had decided it was in their children’s best interests to keep their ongoing divorce proceedings private, People reported. However, their messy custody battle continued to play out in the headlines. In April, Jolie set out to find out why the FBI hadn’t filed charges against Pitt, and the documents she obtained through a lawsuit were released to the public, via puck, in August. But according to a legal expert, Jolie’s dogged struggle to restrict Pitt’s access to her children could have damaging repercussions later.

Pitt’s advances have not affected the protracted custody battle

Family Attorney Holly Davis of Austin-based Kirker Davis LLP spoke exclusively to Nicki Swift about the ongoing custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Davis, who has extensive experience in high-net worth divorce cases, pointed out that Pitt made major life changes to improve his relationship with his children. This includes seeing a therapist and getting sober. “I’ve been drinking too much,” Pitt confessed to GQ in 2017. “But I’ve got my feelings back in my fingertips.” Davis believes Pitt’s actions should be enough to convince a judge to grant a joint custody agreement sign. “From a purely legal standpoint, Brad Pitt did the work to successfully redeem himself in the eyes of the court as he pleads for more time with his children,” Davis said.

Davis noted that Jolie seems unmoved by Pitt’s attempts to prove he can be a better father. “From Angelina’s point of view, Brad should be punished forever for the things that happened years and years ago and no credit should be given to the work of recent past and present,” she explained. Speaking to People about Jolie’s lawsuit against the FBI, a Pitt insider agreed that Jolie was vengeful and explained that Pitt did not publicly address her latest legal move because he believed his silence was in the best interests of her children.

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How Angelina Jolie’s Legal Actions Could Affect Her Children

Over the years, Angelina Jolie has accused Brad Pitt of not paying enough child support, launched a successful bid to bar the judge who awarded Pitt joint custody from presiding over their divorce case, and filed legal documents alleging , she had evidence of domestic violence. per entertainment tonight.

Attorney Holly Davis exclusively told Nicki Swift that there may be a specific motive behind Jolie’s efforts to extend the custody battle by using her deep pockets to pay for a legal team to continue fighting Pitt in court. “She’s using the time to her legal advantage to put the decision making in the kids’ hands,” Davis surmised. “She knows that when the kids decide who to visit, they probably won’t want to visit their dad based on how tight-fisted their mom is about their dad.” In 2020, a source told Us Weekly that two of Pitt’s older children, Maddox and Pax, had already cut him out of their lives.

In 2016, Pitt’s legal team argued that Jolie sacrificed her children’s privacy for her custody battle, per NBC News, and Davis agrees that the children shouldn’t be caught in the middle of their parents’ legal tug-of-war. “Using children as weapons is a very dangerous endeavor and is likely to result in emotional and mental distress for the children as they grow up,” she said.