Peace breaks out in Bat­tle of ‘Brangelina’

The Mail on Sunday - - Tina Weaver - From Caro­line Gra­ham IN LOS AN­GE­LES

BRAD PITT and An­gelina Jolie have set­tled their bit­ter child cus­tody bat­tle just days be­fore a po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing trial.

The celebrity cou­ple, known as Brangelina, have been fight­ing over ac­cess to their six chil­dren – Mad­dox, 17, Pax, 15, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and ten-year-old twins Knox and Vivi­enne – since their split in Septem­ber 2016.

They had been sched­uled to ap­pear in front of fam­ily court judge in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day to thrash out a deal.

‘ A cus­tody ar­range­ment was agreed two weeks ago and has been signed by both par­ties and the judge,’ said Jolie’s lawyer, Saman­tha Bley DeJean yes­ter­day. ‘The de­tails of the agree­ment are con­fi­den­tial to pro­tect the best in­ter­ests of the chil­dren.’

The cou­ple, who met in 2004 while film­ing Mr & Mrs Smith when Pitt was mar­ried to Friends star Jen­nifer Anis­ton, broke up af­ter Pitt al­legedly clashed with son Mad­dox on a pri­vate jet.

The LA County De­part­ment of Child and Fam­ily Ser­vices in­ves­ti­gated claims that the ac­tor had ‘ struck’ the boy af­ter drink­ing wine, but later cleared him of any wrong­do­ing.

A source close to Jolie told The Mail on Sun­day last night: ‘An­gelina had con­cerns and was de­ter­mined to main­tain prime cus­tody of the chil­dren. Brad has been very un­happy at the lim­ited ac­cess he has had.’

Fol­low­ing a highly pub­li­cised war of words over child main­te­nance pay­ments, the pair reached a tem­po­rary agree­ment in June when a judge in LA ruled that ‘not hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with their father would be harm­ful to the chil­dren’.

Jolie, 43, spent the sum­mer in Bri­tain film­ing Malef­i­cent II while Pitt, 54, re­mained in LA.

The source added: ‘Brad was fly­ing to the UK at week­ends to see the chil­dren. He is a de­voted father.

‘Angie and Brad have had their dif­fer­ences but they both re­main com­mit­ted to putting their chil­dren first.’

The cou­ple have still to reach a deal to di­vide their es­ti­mated £100 mil­lion for­tune, but a source close to Jolie said she was ‘very pleased to be en­ter­ing the next stage’.

A source close to Pitt said: ‘Noth­ing is fi­nal and per­ma­nent but at least it is go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.’

CUS­TODY FIGHT: Jolie and Pitt with their chil­dren be­fore their bit­ter split

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