In a statement released on Monday, representatives of Angelina Jolie revealed that all six of the Jolie-Pitt children will remain in the sole custody of the actress, with scheduled “therapeutic visits” from Brad Pitt. According to the Associated Press, the statement said that the pair made the agreement more than a week ago, but on Friday, Pitt told the court he was still planning on seeking joint custody.
It seems that although an agreement was reached, Jolie’s position maintaining sole custodial rights over their six children (Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15; Pax Jolie-Pitt, 12; Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 11; Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10; and twins Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt, 8) might only be temporary. According to the AP, “the agreement has not been filed in the couple’s divorce, and may not be the final custody arrangement governing the actors’ children.”
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The former couple first announced their separation and subsequent divorce in mid-September, to the shock of both celebrities (including George Clooney), and fans alike.
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“We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago,” a rep for Jolie told People. “In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”
“We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their wellbeing, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time,” the rep concluded.
Pitt’s camp has yet to release a statement regarding the new custody agreement.