09:44, December 01 15 0 usmagazine.com

2018-12-01 09:44:05

 

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Avoid Trial With New Custody Agreement

Coming to terms. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will not move forward to trial over the custody of their six children as the pair have reached a new agreement, Us Weekly can confirm.

“A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago and has been signed by both parties and the judge,” Jolie’s lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, told Us in a statement on Friday, November 30. “The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children.”

The exes, who have been engaged in a custody battle ever since she filed for divorce in September 2016, share Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10.

Us obtained documents in November that stated Pitt, 54, and Jolie, 43, were set to go to trial on December 4. The Ocean’s Eleven actor sought joint legal and physical custody, while the Maleficent star wanted physical custody.

The Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars requested for Judge John Ouderkirk to remain on their case until December 31, 2019, according to court documents obtained by The Blast. The judge, who officiated their wedding, was initially set to stay on the matter until June 30.

Us reported last month that Pitt pleaded with his estranged wife to settle the custody dispute outside of court. “He reached out hoping to persuade Angie that the hearing will cause lasting psychological damage to their children,” a source told Us. “There will be no winners, no matter what the judge decides.”

The insider insisted that Jolie was “not backing down” at the time, though a source close to the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider actress assured Us that both were “working together to reach a settlement outside of court.”

As of September, an insider told Us Pitt had “the children every other day,” adding that he saw them “four hours a day on school days and 12 hours on nonschool days.”

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