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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Agree to Settle Divorce Privately

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt have agreed to keep a lid on it. 

The couple, who have been trading bitter, publicly available custody salvos in court since she filed for divorce Sept. 19, are now working with a private judge and will present a “united front” from here on out, they said in their first joint statement since the split.


Right after Jolie filed for divorce, Stacy Phillips, a family law attorney with Blank Rome in Century City, said she found one aspect of the actress’ filing “a bit odd”: The fact that Jolie was asking for sole physical custody of the kids but joint legal custody, which includes the ability to make decisions about the children’s lives.

“If somebody’s not capable of having custodial time, then one would surmise that they’re not capable of making decisions,” she told The Times. But the fact that all six kids—three of them adopted and three of them born to the couple—were listed on the petition with Pitt and Jolie as mother and father is a good thing.

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"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Agree to Settle Divorce Privately," by Christie D'Zurilla was published in the Los Angeles Times on January 10, 2017.