Almost two years after their much-publicised split, former Hollywood super-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still working out the finer details of a custody arrangement for their six kids – Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and Knox and Vivienne, 9.
With an alleged physical altercation between Brad and Maddox occurring on a private plane in September 2016 and apparently prompting Ange to file for divorce, the custody situation has always been tense between the exes, who were together for 12 years and married for two.
But now Us Weekly has obtained documents that show Angelina, 43, has been court-ordered to allow Brad, 54, access to the children – aside from Maddox whose age means he can make the choice of which parent he spends time with.
According to Us Weekly, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County deemed in the documents that the children “are safe with their father”, and it is “critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship” with Brad.
Furthermore, the court determined that “not having a relationship with their father” would be “harmful” to the kids.
With Ange set to film the Maleficent sequel in the UK over the northern summer, the outlet reports that Brad will have access to the five younger kids for “four hours a day from June 8 – 17 in London”, adding that “[Brad] must spend time with each child at least twice during the 10-day period with one of the [family] psychologists present. [Angelina] will not be present during her estranged husband’s custodial time.”
The Blast reports that the court order gave strict instructions for Angelina to comply, quoting it as stating: “If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Angelina] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Brad].”
Brad will have several more periods of access to the kids through July and early August, with another court hearing set for August 13 to determine next steps.