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Brad & Angie’s Cus­tody War Ex­plodes Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie’s chil­dren get the chance to open up to a child cus­tody eval­u­a­tor

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As Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie’s cus­tody bat­tle ex­plodes, their six kids are forced to take sides.

Af­ter more than two years locked in a bit­ter, heart­break­ing tug- of-war, the end is near for An­gelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. On Oct. 8, psy­chol­o­gist Stan Katz sub­mit­ted court doc­u­ments con­firm­ing his cre­den­tials as a child cus­tody eval­u­a­tor — a sig­nal that an of­fi­cial cus­tody as­sess­ment is start­ing. That will ul­ti­mately de­ter­mine how much time Angie and Brad get with each of their six kids. “When the eval­u­a­tion is com­pleted, it shouldn’t take long for a judge to put a per­ma­nent cus­tody or­der in place,” says an in­sider, “and Brad and An­gelina can fi­nally get on with their lives as sin­gle par­ents.”

But first, the Jolie-pitt kids are go­ing to have their say. And what Mad­dox, 17, Pax, 14, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 10, tell the eval­u­a­tor “could de­cide ev­ery­thing in one of the most con­tentious di­vorce bat­tles in Hol­ly­wood his­tory,” notes the in­sider. An­gelina, 43, has re­fused to back down from her de­mand for sole cus­tody, while Brad, 54, won’t give up his fight for joint cus­tody. “The kids are go­ing to tell all,” says the in­sider. “And the kids are tak­ing sides.”

PAINFUL DE­CI­SIONS

Brad fears it could be too late for him and his older sons. “He feels he al­ready may have lost Mad­dox and Pax,” says the in­sider. “They

have a dis­tant re­la­tion­ship these days. They’re will­ing to do fun things with him like go skate­board­ing or go-kart­ing, and Brad did teach Mad­dox to drive over the past year, but he feels they’ve sided with their mom in the split.” It kills Brad that they’ve strug­gled to get past the in­fa­mous in­ci­dent on the fam­ily plane in Septem­ber 2016 that trig­gered An­gelina’s di­vorce fil­ing. “Brad was cleared of child abuse al­le­ga­tions, but Mad­dox and Pax have re­mained ‘An­gelina’s boys’ ever since,” says the in­sider. “They feel it’s their job to pro­tect their mom.”

But he re­mains in­cred­i­bly close to their three daugh­ters and youngest son Knox. “Shiloh’s a dad-

dy’s girl at heart, and Za­hara and the twins would be fine split­ting their time be­tween Mom and Dad,” says the in­sider. Ul­ti­mately, the in­sider be­lieves, “Mad­dox and Pax will take An­gelina’s side, Shiloh will re­main neu­tral and Za­hara, Knox and Viv, who can’t live with­out ei­ther par­ent but have more fun with Brad, will be in his cor­ner [and want joint cus­tody].” The kids love both par­ents, of course. “It’s sad to see them caught in the mid­dle and sad that they’ve been made to choose sides,” says the in­sider, “but now those kids are go­ing to have their say.”

Los­ing Bat­tle? If a judge de­cides that joint cus­tody is in the best in­ter­ests of the chil­dren, “it would be a huge win for Brad and a crush­ing de­feat for An­gelina,” says the in­sider, who pre­dicts that’s what will hap­pen.

So Much on the Line “Un­til Brad is back to see­ing his chil­dren on a reg­u­lar ba­sis per­ma­nently, he’s go­ing to re­main feel­ing like he’s half a per­son,” says an in­sider.

Telling All at Last The kids “can’t wait for the cus­tody sit­u­a­tion to be over and done with,” says an in­sider. “They want to get on with their lives as much as their par­ents do.”

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