BRAD’S VIC­TORY OVER AN­GELINA

The war is over! Af­ter months of back-and-forth in a nasty bat­tle over their six chil­dren, An­gelina Jolie fi­nally agrees to give ex-hus­band Brad Pitt joint phys­i­cal cus­tody.

US Weekly - - CONTENTS - BY MARISA LAUDADIO

An­gelina Jolie never saw it com­ing. When a court-ap­pointed eval­u­a­tor be­gan as­sess­ing the six Jolie-Pitt chil­dren in or­der to make a cus­tody rec­om­men­da­tion for An­gelina and her ex Brad Pitt, she “was con­vinced the eval­u­a­tor would con­clude that Brad is an un­fit par­ent who shouldn’t be given joint phys­i­cal cus­tody,” a source tells Us.

“But the re­port was com­pleted in late Novem­ber — and it was ex­tremely fa­vor­able to Brad.”

So just days be­fore their cus­tody hear­ing was set to be­gin on Dec. 4, An­gelina, 43, changed her tune. It was al­ways likely that a trial would be trau­matic for the kids, but it took Brad’s glow­ing re­view to make Angie back down. Af­ter more than two years of fight­ing Brad, 54, for sole phys­i­cal and le­gal cus­tody of their kids — Mad­dox, 17, Pax, 15, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 10 — An­gelina re­al­ized that she could ac­tu­ally lose. On Nov. 30, An­gelina’s rep, Saman­tha Bley DeJean, con­firmed to Us that a deal had been struck, al­though “the de­tails of the agree­ment are con­fi­den­tial to pro­tect the best in­ter­ests of the chil­dren.” Ac­cord­ing to the source, “An­gelina agreed to a deal that gives Brad joint phys­i­cal and le­gal cus­tody of the chil­dren.”

For his part, the source says, Brad won’t be com­ment­ing: “He just doesn’t have the need to say any­thing. He got what he wanted af­ter a very long and pro­tracted process.” Now, in­stead of see­ing his chil­dren ev­ery other day — a tem­po­rary plan put into place by a judge over the sum­mer af­ter months of An­gelina try­ing to re­strict the kids’ in­ter­ac­tion with their dad — Brad will get to be with his chil­dren for weeks at a time, just like their mom. “The plan calls for Angie to have the kids for half the time, then for Brad to have them the other half,” ex­plains the source. “He’ll reg­u­larly have the kids overnight at his house for the first time since the divorce pro­ceed­ings be­gan.”

TO­GETHER AGAIN

An­other huge change for Brad? No more mon­i­tored visi­ta­tion, says the source. Brad’s in­ter­ac­tions with his chil­dren have been chap­er­oned ever since the no­to­ri­ous Septem­ber 2016 plane in­ci­dent when an ine­bri­ated Brad — who’s since got­ten sober — ar­gued and re­port­edly got phys­i­cal with one of his older sons, lead­ing An­gelina to file for divorce and the LA County Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­ily Ser­vices to launch a child-wel­fare in­ves­ti­ga­tion. (Brad was cleared of any wrong­do­ing.) “This is huge for Brad,” says the source, “be­cause he can fi­nally re­sume just be­ing a dad with­out the pres­ence of mon­i­tors.”

And af­ter years of re­ly­ing on lawyers to de­liver mes­sages, Brad and Angie now com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly to co­or­di­nate the kids’ sched­ules, says the source, us­ing the app Our Fam­ily Wiz­ard. While the agree­ment still needs to be fi­nal­ized, Brad is ready to spend time with his kids, says the in­sider: “It was a long and dif­fi­cult road. But he never gave up.”

“Brad’s been so pa­tient through­out this en­tire process — this is the mo­ment he’s been wait­ing for,” says an in­sider.

An­gelina ini­tially asked for sole cus­tody “for the health of the fam­ily,” her rep said in a state­ment.

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