More than two years after their split, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be heading to court for a bitter trial that will determine the custody of their six children. But insiders say that Pitt thinks Jolie is putting their kids through a damaging experience that isn’t necessary.
Sources say that Pitt believes his estranged wife is attempting to drag him through the mud, and he is worried about the long-term effects this could have on their kids – Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, Knox, 10, and Vivienne, 10.
According to The Blast, Pitt has been trying to work out a settlement with Jolie, and he wants to split custody 50/50. Jolie insists that she should have sole custody, and she refuses to budge on the subject.
The divorce and custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is set to go to a trial next month because they can't agree about the future of their six children despite two years of lawyering and leaking, according to reports. https://t.co/vLsGX5dWjA (Photo: Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/3eADUAPSwL
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Some sources say that the Maleficent actress is planning to use the September 2016 airplane incident – where she made accusations of child abuse against Pitt – as grounds for her getting full custody. But, two separate government departments investigated Jolie’s claims and completely cleared Pitt of any wrongdoing.
Pitt’s legal team is reportedly not worried about Jolie’s vicious tactics because Pitt was never criminally charged.
With the kids getting older and able to read all of the news about their famous parents, Pitt thinks taking this to trial is an irresponsible move by his ex, and he feels they have embarrassed the kids enough during their very public feud.
The judge in their case already scolded Jolie earlier this year because she was not helping to nurture the relationship between Pitt and the kids. He even warned the Oscar-winner that if she didn’t change her actions, she would risk losing custody.
For months, Jolie and Pitt have been in divorce negotiations, but they are still arguing over finances and custody. The court has separated the two issues and will decide things separately. The evaluations for the children have started, and the judge will use those findings to make a custody decision.
Reports say Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie might reach a custody agreement without going to trial. https://t.co/S2EGADvoUv
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The former couple is scheduled to be in court for their custody trial on December 4th, and it is likely to go on for weeks.
Radar Online is reporting that Brad Pitt isn’t taking any chances when it comes to the custody battle and has remained “100 percent sober” during the process to avoid any accusations from Angelina Jolie that he has a substance abuse problem.
Sources say that the Jolie-Pitt kids could testify in the upcoming trial, and he doesn’t want to leave anything to chance.