Brad Pitt’s nasty custody battle with Angelina Jolie is far from over, but the actor just won a huge victory in his bid for joint custody. Almost two years after filing divorce, a court just ordered Jolie to give Pitt more access to their six children and outlined a new shared custody schedule for the next few months. The judge was also quite serious when it comes to how Jolie refers to Pitt in front of their children.
Jolie originally filed for divorce in the fall of 2016. The two were together for over a decade and share six kiddos: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox. Although the estranged couple have tried to keep their divorce out of the public eye, new court documents hint that Jolie has been restricting access to the brood.
According to CNN, a court ruled last week that Jolie must begin a new custody schedule with Pitt that gives him more time with the children. The kids will split time between their mom and dad this summer.
With Jolie currently filming Maleficent 2 in London, this means the children will spend some time in England and in Los Angeles. But that isn’t the only thing the court ordered Jolie to do.
The actress is also supposed to inform her kids that they need to have a relationship with Pitt to have a healthy life. She was also ordered to make sure they know that Pitt is safe to be around and allow him more phone access to the kids. The judge then told Jolie that if things did not change then the schedule would shift and favor Pitt more.
The order explained that if the children do not establish a good relationship with Pitt then it could “result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Pitt].”
Angelina Jolie Could Lose Primary Custody of Kids If Brad Pitt Isn't Allowed Access: Report https://t.co/YffJ6G80Fz
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Ever since filing for divorce, Jolie has sought full custody of the kids. Pitt is fighting for joint status. If the actress does not comply with the court order, then it’s possible that she will lose the custody battle.
For Pitt, the order is a huge win that allows him to start building a relationship with his kids. He still has a long road ahead of him in that department, but between his sobriety and taking part in family therapy sessions, the actor is on the right path to making amends with his children.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have not commented on the recent ruling.