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  Newsmakers   Brad Pitt files for joint custody of his six kids

Brad Pitt files for joint custody of his six kids

AP | ANTHONY MCCARTNEY
Published : Nov 6, 2016, 2:05 am IST
Updated : Nov 6, 2016, 2:05 am IST

Brad Pitt is asking a judge to grant him joint custody of his six children in his split from Angelina Jolie Pitt, according to a divorce filing on Friday.

Brad Pitt is asking a judge to grant him joint custody of his six children in his split from Angelina Jolie Pitt, according to a divorce filing on Friday.

The actor’s request was included in his response to Jolie Pitt’s September 20 petition to end their two-year marriage. The actress sought sole physical custody of their six children, who range in age from 8 to 15.

 

Custody has been the major issue in the breakup so far, with authorities investigating Pitt over what happened during a dispute on a private flight with his family in mid-September.

The couple reached a temporary custody agreement that allowed the actor to visit his children while the investigation by a child welfare agency in Los Angeles is ongoing.

The outcome of the investigation could impact how a judge determines custody arrangements, although courts in California generally favour awarding joint custody. The actors could also reach a private agreement that would not involve a public custody fight in court.

Pitt’s filing does not include any new details about the couple’s breakup. Pitt cited irreconcilable differences and makes no mention of a prenuptial agreement that will govern how the pair divides their assets. He also cites September 15 as the day of their separation, one day after the alleged plane altercation between Pitt and his 15-year-old son, Maddox.

 

Pitt was accused of being abusive toward the teenager, sources told the Associated Press, but authorities were not notified when the plane landed in Minnesota. Several sources said the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles county department of children and family services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.

The actors were together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005’s Mr & Mrs Smith.

As one of Hollywood’s elite power couples, the actors transformed the flurry of headlines into a force for good.

The pair recently sold a home they purchased in New Orleans’ French Quarter for $4.9 million. Their only other on-screen role together is in 2015’s By the Sea, about a troubled American couple vacationing in France.

 

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