[Blind Gossip] When parents divorce, they usually try to do what is best for the children as far as custody is concerned.
In the case of this movie star couple, though, there is a distinct lack of balance in their approaches!
Most couples resolve to a 50/50 split. Not her. She wants primary custody in the realm of 90/10 or 75/25. She would actually like 100/0 but she knows that will not happen.
Does she think he is a bad father?
She despises him and his family. She is trying to raise global citizens. She thinks that their view of the world is harmful. “Narrow” is a word that is used a lot.
Don’t the children miss their time with his family?
Honestly, it’s been so long that they don’t have strong memories or strong attachments to his family. She doesn’t keep photos of his family around the house, either, so his family is just not part of their day to day lives.
Does she think she can continue to drag out the custody issue for years?
So far that strategy has worked for her. She will continue to try to put up roadblocks. She believes that the longer she can drag out the custody hearings, the more likely he will cave and demand less than 50/50 just to get it over with.
Is she trying to punish him or wear him down?
A little of both. She knows that the lack of a resolution hurts him, so you could say she is trying to punish him.
Doesn’t she worry that this will hurt the children?
No. By dragging her feet, the time ticks by and the children become more attached to her and the lifestyle she believes is best for them, and less attached to him and his family and their “narrow” lifestyle. From her perspective, that is a positive outcome.
She has been willing to publicly expose his shortcomings. Why doesn’t he do the same to her?
That’s a good question. She has been willing to throw him under the bus for his weaknesses (alcohol, drugs) but he has always balked on doing the same to her. He worries that it would hurt the kids and alienate them from him more if he was the one who made her problems public.
There is a chance, though, that one of their witnesses could be called by an attorney to do that. That would take the burden off of him.
Any chance the two of them will get back together?
NO. There is zero chance of that happening.
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[Optional] What advice would you give him? How do you think this will turn out?
Couple: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
The custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is finally over!
Although Angelina Jolie succeeded in dragging out this custody battle for five long years, Brad Pitt has finally been awarded joint custody of their six children!
Here is a lightly edited summary of the decision from The Guardian:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie awarded joint custody of children
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been awarded joint custody following a protracted court battle.
The former couple have been in dispute for five years over access to their six children and hired a private judge, John Ouderkirk, to oversee the case.
Ouderkirk delivered a lengthy verdict on Wednesday following months of witness testimony, including child services professionals who interviewed the Jolie-Pitt children and others who have been around the family.
“There was a significant change made in the custody agreements based on an extremely detailed decision made by the judge,” a source told the outlet.
Another source, however, said Jolie’s team called the decision “tentative” and suggested she would continue her legal fight.
Over the past five years, Angelina Jolie has tried every trick in the book to try to stall this decision. She has protested every procedure and decision and step along the way. Most recently, she changed attorneys, tried to get the newest judge removed, and insisted that the children needed to testify.
In the interim, the children have spent a minimal amount of time with Brad Pitt and his family.
They added: “Joint custody is not the issue that Angelina objects to. There were other issues of concern, but the court proceedings are closed and sealed.”
We do not know the exact nature of those “other issues of concern” that Jolie has been dangling out there (Addiction? Domestic violence?). Although Pitt has been restrained about attacking Jolie back, if she had aired those “concerns” it would have put Pitt in the position to counter with concerns of his own as to Jolie’s fitness as a parent.
In 2020 Jolie made a bid to disqualify Ouderkirk from the case and on Monday criticised his decision not to allow the children to testify.
Jolie said the judge “has failed to adequately consider” a section of the California courts code that says it is detrimental to the best interest of the child if custody is awarded to a person with a history of domestic violence.
Her filing did not give details about what it was referring to, but her lawyers submitted a document under seal in March that allegedly offered additional information. In trying to disqualify Ouderkirk, Jolie’s attorneys went to the appellate court, which has yet to rule on her bid.
After that ruling is made, we do not know what impact it will have on this custody decision.
Jolie and Pitt married in 2014 after meeting some nine years earlier, on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith.
They left out the part about how Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston when he started filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004 with Angelina Jolie. Pitt’s marriage broke up shortly thereafter. He almost immediately went public with Jolie.You do the math.
Pitt and Jolie divorced in 2016, when Jolie’s attorney said she was doing so “for the health of the family”.
Pitt’s own filing said the judge found Jolie’s testimony “lacked credibility in many important areas, and the existing custody order between the parties must be modified, per Mr Pitt’s request, in the best interests of the children.”
It went on to criticize Jolie for what it said were causing further delays in reaching an arrangement, which it said would “work grave harm upon the children, who will be further denied permanence and stability”.
Those kids have been denied permanence and stability for five years already while Jolie has played with the legal system.
Now that the custody ruling has come down, let’s hope that spending more time with their father (and their grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins) will help the children heal.
Make no mistake about it: Angelina Jolie lost. Brad Pitt won.
Congratulations to Sabrina325 for being first with the correct response!