Close to two months after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, legal experts have answered many of the burning questions that their families, friends, and fans have wondered about. The current news is that while Brad has been cleared by the Los Angeles County’s County Department of Children and Family Services for alleged child abuse, there are indications that he may face a more uphill battle — as he seeks joint custody of his six children.
The six kids caught in the divorce controversy — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and the twins, Knox and Vivienne — have been visited by their celebrity father as part of visitation rights granted to him by the courts. A legal agreement confirmed by both sides granted Angelina custody of the children.
One harmful effect of the Jolie-Pitt divorce is the emotional impact on the children by the malicious statements and news about their famous parents that have spread like wildfire. There have been numerous reports, most of them, it not all, fabricated, tainting the character of both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. While she had lots of celebrity friends coming to her defense, the Maleficent actress has been painted in several news reports as cold and distant. The best people who can attest to Angelina’s real character, of course, are those who have lived with her.
Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina’s ex-husband, opened up in an interview with a popular magazine that he had a great relationship with Angelina. Back when they were a couple, he was okay with her super busy schedule that entailed frequent meet-ups with the U.N. people or head of adoption agencies.
Billy Bob was more of the type to stay at home and watch baseball. What he did not like was having to do the fancy stuff or having to engage in seemingly mundane conversations with rich and important people. So he gravitated to another woman who was more his speed, and who served as soothing presence whenever his anxiety acted up.
Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been looking at the best interests of their children since Day 1 of their divorce decision. Some people nonetheless opined that there is no way Brad is going to stand for not being a constant presence in their children’s lives. News may come and go, but that seems to have remained the constant element in the divorce settlement issue of the two high-profile celebrities.
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