After a long legal battle, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been granted joint custody of their children.
Pax (17), Zahara (16), Shiloh (14) and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox are the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Maddox, their oldest son, is not involved in the custody battle because he is 19 years old.
According to Page Six and other publications, Ouderkirk handed down a long decision on Wednesday after months of witness testimony, including child services workers who examined the Jolie-Pitt children and others who had been in the vicinity of the family.
Ms Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, and the couple has been locked in a custody struggle that has mostly been hidden from the public eye.
John Ouderkirk, a private judge engaged to handle the case, decided in Mr Pitt’s favor.
According to the Press Association, the verdict will “substantially expand” his time with the kids.
When Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, they had been married for two years. They divorced in April 2019 and have been fighting for custody of their children ever since.
According to the Associated Press, her latest filing claims that the judge “refused to hear the underage kids’ opinion as to their experiences, needs, or preferences as to their custody fate,” citing a California statute that states that children aged 14 and up should be able to testify if they so desire. The couple has a 19-year-old and 12-year-old twins, as well as 17-, 16-, and 14-year-old children.
According to Jolie, the judge “failed to sufficiently examine” a part of the California courts statute that states that awarding custody to someone with a history of domestic violence is detrimental to the child’s best interests.
Ms Jolie told Vogue last year that she left Mr Pitt for her family’s “well-being.”
Ms Jolie stated, “It was the right decision.” “I’m still focusing on their healing.”