ANGELINA AND BRAD’S DIVORCE REACHES ‘CRITICAL STAGE’
BRAD PITT AND Angelina Jolie’s divorce – dubbed the most acrimonious in Hollywood history – has endured two years of negotiations, toxic spats and arguments over child custody. Now, according to an La-based source, their split has reached a ‘critical stage’ with the appearance of a new character as the case draws to a close.
Dr Stan Katz – a parenting evaluator who has acted as a psychologist in many high profile Hollywood lawsuits, including Michael Jackson’s trial for molestation – was appointed by the court earlier this month. He’s there to help assess both Brad and Angelina as they fight for the custody of their six children. An evaluation is now underway and will lead to Dr Katz determining a permanent custody deal. (Angelina is still said to be gunning for full custody, while Brad wants joint custody.)
‘Brad and Angelina may have gone quiet while they thrash this out, but behind the scenes they are still fighting to prove their capabilities as loving parents,’ said a source. ‘Angelina is on a mission to
present herself as “mother of the year.”’
Indeed, perhaps tellingly, the 43-yearold has, in recent weeks, routinely been pictured taking her children to dinner, to their martial arts classes or to Whole Foods in LA. It follows the most dramatic moment in the negotiations yet, when a judge reportedly warned her earlier this summer that she could lose custody of the children altogether if she did not help repair their relationship with Brad. Brad was subsequently given more visitation rights, while her parenting was effectively placed ‘on trial’ over the summer.
According to insiders, both parties are now gathering ‘collateral sources’ to provide character references. Angelina is said to have called on ‘a nanny and several members of her security team’ to provide evidence, but is apparently anxious that Brad will include testimonies from his close circle of Hollywood friends, who have famously sided with him during the difficult divorce talks.
‘Ange is concerned that Brad has a bigger list of sources at hand to use in the evaluation process,’ said an insider. ‘He’s also organising for the kids to see their grandparents on his side, with his parents Doug and Julie visiting them in California.’
But with the divorce threatening to drag on longer than Brexit negotiations, when will this be over? ‘Realistically, the court isn’t going to let this case continue for longer than 60-90 days, no matter what Angelina and her legal team pull out of the bag,’ said a well-placed source. ‘ Those close to both of them cannot wait for this to finally be over, and for the two of them to accept the result and move on with their lives.’
Angelina with the children earlier this year. Far right: Brad in NYC last week