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Investigation in Jolie-Pitt custody case continues

Texas movie fans who have followed the careers of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have likely heard that they are getting a divorce. Jolie asked for and received sole physical custody of the couple's six children after an allegedly violent incident occurred on a private jet involving Pitt. Pitt has denied the charges although the incident was reported by law enforcement to the FBI. The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services is also looking into the report.

The incident occurred on Sept. 14, and Jolie filed for divorce a few days later. The parenting safety agreement the two have allows monitored visits for Pitt. He also submits to voluntary drug and alcohol testing. On Oct. 18, Jolie and other family members were interviewed by investigators.

The agreement was a temporary one, meant to last for 20 days, and it has been extended. This may indicate that the DCFS sees a problem but believes it can be stabilized rather than taking it to court. Major concerns about the children's well-being or a lack of cooperation from the parents might lead to a court hearing.

Custody battles can be the most difficult and emotional part of a divorce. Both parents may feel that they are acting in the best interests of their children. However, even if there is conflict, unless there is a concern on the part of one of the parents about issues such as abuse or neglect committed by the other parent, it may be better to attempt to negotiate an agreement with the assistance of their respective family law attorneys.

Source: Buzzfeed, "Child Custody Agreement Between Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Is Extended," Claudia Rosenbaum, Oct. 25, 2016

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