Brad Pitt seeks joint cus­tody in di­vorce from An­gelina Jolie

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Ac­tor Brad Pitt is seek­ing joint cus­tody of his six chil­dren in his split from An­gelina Jolie, court fil­ings show.

The move comes after Ms Jolie asked for full phys­i­cal cus­tody of all the chil­dren, who are aged eight to 15.

Ms Jolie cited “ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences” when she filed to end the mar­riage on 19 Septem­ber.

Re­ports sug­gest that Mr Pitt is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over an in­ci­dent with his el­dest son Mad­dox on a plane.

A child wel­fare agency in Los An­ge­les is ex­am­in­ing what hap­pened dur­ing the in­ci­dent on a pri­vate flight in mid-Septem­ber, US me­dia say.

The ac­tors have reached a tem­po­rary agree­ment so the Fight Club star can visit his chil­dren while the wel­fare in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

Cal­i­for­nia di­vorce courts gen­er­ally favour joint cus­tody, but the out­come of the plane row could af­fect the judge’s de­ci­sion. The ac­tors may also ham­mer out a deal pri­vately to avoid the matter be­ing aired in pub­lic.

Mr Pitt’s cus­tody re­quest was in­cluded in his re­sponse to Ms Jolie’s di­vorce pe­ti­tion. He re­vealed that the pair sep­a­rated on 15 Septem­ber, one day after the al­leged plane al­ter­ca­tion.

Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie have been to­gether since 2004 but only wed in Au­gust 2014, at their chil­dren’s urg­ing. They grew close while film­ing the 2005 film Mr & Mrs Smith, in which they played a cou­ple in a stag­nant re­la­tion­ship.

Their union was Mr Pitt’s sec­ond mar­riage, after a di­vorce from Friends star Jen­nifer Anis­ton, and Ms Jolie’s third after Billy Bob Thorn­ton and Jonny Lee Miller.

The cou­ple have six chil­dren to­gether - Mad­dox, Pax, and Za­hara, who are adopted, and bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivi­enne.

Mr Pitt, 52, and Ms Jolie, 41, mar­ried pri­vately at their French es­tate in Provence. Their chil­dren served as ring bear­ers and helped il­lus­trate Ms Jolie’s white Ver­sace dress with their draw­ings.

Both ac­tors are known for their phil­an­thropic work away from the screen.

Academy Award win­ner Ms Jolie be­came a spe­cial en­voy for the United Na­tions in 2012, and is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for refugees. She has also raised aware­ness of breast and ovar­ian can­cers after go­ing pub­lic with her de­ci­sion to un­dergo a preven­ta­tive dou­ble mas­tec­tomy.

Mean­while, Mr Pitt built homes in New Or­leans for vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Katrina, and has made size­able aid do­na­tions to Haiti through the es­tranged cou­ple’s char­ity, the Jolie-Pitt Foun­da­tion.

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