An­gelina, Brad Pitt reach di­vorce pact

The Progress-Index - - AMUSEMENT - By An­thony Mccart­ney

Cus­tody of their six chil­dren has been the pri­mary is­sue in the di­vorce, with Jolie Pitt ini­tially seek­ing sole phys­i­cal cus­tody. Cal­i­for­nia law fa­vors joint cus­tody in di­vorce cases, al­though fi­nal ar­range­ments are of­ten agreed to by par­ents and for­mal­ized in a writ­ten agree­ment.

LOS AN­GE­LES — An­gelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached an agree­ment to han­dle their di­vorce in a pri­vate fo­rum and will work to­gether to re­unify their fam­ily, the ac­tors an­nounced in a joint state­ment Mon­day.

Their state­ment re­leased Mon­day night to The As­so­ci­ated Press said that they will keep fu­ture de­tails of their di­vorce con­fi­den­tial by us­ing a pri­vate judge.

“The par­ties and their coun­sel have signed agree­ments to pre­serve the pri­vacy rights of their chil­dren and fam­ily by keep­ing all court doc­u­ments con­fi­den­tial and en­gag­ing a pri­vate judge to make any nec­es­sary le­gal de­ci­sions and to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­pe­di­tious res­o­lu­tion of any re­main­ing is­sues,” their state­ment read. “The par­ents are com­mit­ted to act as a united front to ef­fec­tu­ate re­cov­ery and re­uni­fi­ca­tion.”

The state­ment is the first joint com­ment from the ac­tors on their di­vorce since Jolie Pitt filed to end their mar­riage in Septem­ber. At the time, one of her at­tor­neys stated the pe­ti­tion was filed “for the health of the fam­ily.”

Au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gated al­le­ga­tions that Pitt was abu­sive to­ward his 15-year-old son on a pri­vate flight, but sources fa­mil­iar with the cases said the ac­tor was cleared of any wrong­do­ing.

Pri­vate judges are of­ten used in high-pro­file di­vorce cases, keep­ing many de­tails of a breakup out of the public eye while a fi­nal judg­ment is ne­go­ti­ated.

Cus­tody of their six chil­dren has been the pri­mary is­sue in the di­vorce, with Jolie Pitt ini­tially seek­ing sole phys­i­cal cus­tody. Cal­i­for­nia law fa­vors joint cus­tody in di­vorce cases, al­though fi­nal ar­range­ments are of­ten agreed to by par­ents and for­mal­ized in a writ­ten agree­ment.

Pitt and Jolie were mar­ried for two years and to­gether for 12 years af­ter be­com­ing close while film­ing 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

Their di­vorce, and ev­ery fil­ing in it, has at­tracted in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion. Last month, Pitt sought to seal cus­tody records in the case, and a hear­ing had been sched­uled for next week on the is­sue.

Both ac­tors have kept a rel­a­tively low pro­file since their breakup was an­nounced, al­though Pitt made an ap­pear­ance on­stage at Sun­day’s Golden Globes to spir­ited ap­plause.

PHOTO BY MATT SAYLES/INVISION/AP, FILE

In this May 28, 2014, file photo, An­gelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ar­rive at the world premiere of “Malef­i­cent” in Los An­ge­les.

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