Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Reach Agreement to Settle Divorce in Private
Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached a pact to handle their divorce and custody battle in a private forum.
Since the separation in September, their first joint statement released on Monday evening to the Associated Press said that they will keep future details out of the public eye to carry through "recovery and reunification" in their family.
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"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 to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," the statement read.
Jolie shocked fans worldwide when she filed a divorce on Sept. 29 after 12 years of togetherness with Pitt, saying the petition was filed "for the health of the family." The fight over guardianship of the couple's six children, namely, Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, has been the crucial issue in the separation as Jolie originally sought sole custody.
Pitt was investigated for allegedly striking their son, Maddox, while on a private jet, something that the Department of Children and Family Services found no evidence for. In November, FBI closed its extensive investigation into the Fight Club actor and concluded he had not committed child abuse. This is believed to help Brad's battle for joint custody over their children.
The children are currently living with the Maleficent actress, while Pitt was granted visitation rights at least once a week since Oct. 8. As agreed upon by their voluntary custody agreement, a therapist was present during each visit to supervise, having the authority to dictate the frequency of the visits.
The estranged couple became close in 2014 while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith. They went public with their relationship in 2005 after Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's divorce.