Another source said that Jolie’s and Pitt’s lawyers recently met to iron out details for a custody plan for the next few months, which has been “very time consuming.”
Meanwhile, a third source says, “In terms of the kids’ relationship with Brad, Angelina definitely remains committed to helping the kids heal with their father.”
“I was really on my back and chained to a system when Child Services was called,” the actor recalled to GQ. “And you know, after that, we’ve been able to work together to sort this out. We’re both doing our best. I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court—it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true, you spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees. It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.”
Maddox, however, was allowed to determine how much time he spent with each parent given his age.
The judge also determined “not having a relationship with their father is harmful” to the children and that it is “critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother.”
But by the end of the summer, things hadn’t gotten much better. Earlier this month, Jolie accused Pitt of not paying any “meaningful” child support. Pitt and his attorneys fired back by filing a four-page brief stating Jolie’s request was “unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.” They also stated Pitt “wanted to bifurcate the issue of marital status and have the divorce finalized before other pending issues were resolved.”