As stated by the family law specialist Steve Mindel, who has nothing to do with this process, it’s been considered a normal thing to hire third-party evaluators for things like child custody.
“Courts don’t want to take a side, so that’s where child custody evaluators come into play,” Mindel shares with PEOPLE website. “Stanley Katz is a very well-known child parenting plan evaluator. He’ll do an investigation, interview the parents and children individually and he’ll interview the children with the parents. He’ll also interview what are called collateral sources: grandparents, school teachers, doctors, those types of people.”
Stanley Katz gave the evidence on his qualifications on October 12 to the court, in order to prove that he can take on his evaluations of the couple’s kids: Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12 and 10-year-olds Vivienne and Knox.
“So now, the evaluator is touching base with the judge, saying ‘I will complete my report and answer the questions you asked me to answer,’” Mindel states. “That means the divorce is moving along, because [Jolie and Pitt] cannot agree on something with regard to the parenting plan – whether it’s legal issues, medical issues, education, and/or where the children are on any particular day.”
Angelina revealed that she and her divorce attorney Laura Wasser went each in her own way in the previous month, as the actress moved on to a new legal adviser in her battle with Brad.
According to PEOPLE, the couple has managed to make some child custody arrangements in August. In July, the court created a detailed schedule for Brad Pitt to be with his children. Maddox is the only one who can decide when and where he can spend time with his dad, as he is legally old enough to make a decision on the matter.
Angelina has “tried to bridge the gap between the kids and their dad,” an insider recently shared with PEOPLE. “She’s worked to achieve reinstatement for them. But it’s now between Brad, his kids, and the court. The court will determine things.”