In the latest development in the string of Brangelina-related news, a report from TMZ reveals Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a prenup agreement already clearly outlined, which will make divvying up their combined fortune of $400 million pretty easy. That must be a relief, considering how much conflict that amount of money could cause. However, the fight for physical custody of their children is a more entangled process.
Jolie requested sole physical custody of the children in a divorce petition last week. In retaliation Pitt is fighting back for joint physical and legal custody of their six children, which means the custody decision could come down to the decision of one judge.
The battle for custody will surely prove a more emotionally distraught process than splitting up their 12 properties, which makes sense given the fact that children are human beings and not luxury condos. At this point, it seems Jolie is maintaining her strong grip on the children. According to a report from US Weekly on Saturday, Pitt hasn’t seen his kids in days following Jolie’s announcement to divorce him last Monday. While Pitt’s separation from his children was reportedly requested in Jolie’s divorce papers, rumors that he was being investigated for child abuse following a drunken scene on an airplane only made matters worse, but the LAPD confirmed it’s not investigating Pitt.
An anonymous source told US Weekly Pitt looks forward to reuniting with his children:
“He’s so torn up and shattered, not only because of the divorce but because he hasn’t seen the kids and he really wants to. Being apart from them is part of why he’s so torn up.”
While the prenup will help smoothly dictate the divvying of the three joint properties Jolie and Pitt purchased — which include a vineyard in France, an apartment in New York, and a mansion in New Orleans — the tooth-and-nail struggle for their six children will prove a harder path to tread. The Daily Mail revealed that a source shared Pitt has reached out to Jolie’s parents in an attempt to bring about possible mediation, saying:
“He’s hoping his good relationship with Angelina’s family will help to build bridges. He’s spoken to her dad Jon and hopes he may be able to play peacemaker.”
The priority, of course, should be the children’s safety and ability to maintain a semblance of family unity. Hopefully Pitt and Jolie can work out an arrangement that will minimize their children’s pain.
Original by Bronwyn Isaac @BronwynIsaac