Inside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s super-specific custody dispute

New court documents obtained by several publications detail the new guidelines Angelina Jolie must follow or risk losing custody of her six children to ex-husband Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were together for 12 years.(Shutterstock)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were together for 12 years.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jun 13, 2018 02:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Angelina Jolie might have to surrender primary custody of her six children to their father, Brad Pitt, if she isn’t able to meet new guidelines stipulated by the court, recent documents obtained by multiple publications say.

According to, Jolie will have to share each of her children’s personal phone numbers with Pitt, allowing him the ability to call and text them at any time.

In court documents obtained by The Blast, the judge notes that “not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them,” adding that “it is critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother.”

It was recently reported that Pitt had ensured that his next film, director Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is filmed in Los Angeles, thereby enabling him to be near the kids. The same report suggested that Jolie was ‘furious’ with him for having tied her down, as she prefers a more globetrotting lifestyle. The children were most recently with their mother in London, where she is filming Maleficent 2. Jolie and the kids were also spotted celebrating her 43rd birthday at an amusement park.

Pitt currently sees his children - Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne - a few times a week. “Angelina has been in London and is free to travel for shorter periods of time,” a source told E!. “Brad isn’t opposed to that. But she can’t leave with the kids for several months.”

Brad Pitt with Pax (L), Shiloh (C) and Maddox (R) at the premiere of Jolie’s film, Unbroken. (Shutterstock)
Brad Pitt with Pax (L), Shiloh (C) and Maddox (R) at the premiere of Jolie’s film, Unbroken. (Shutterstock)

The court documents continued: “If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with (Jolie) and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to (Pitt).”

Jolie is not allowed to be present when Pitt is meeting the children, but is allowed one phone call at a pre-arranged time. The court outlined the following visitation schedule for Pitt: For nine days, Pitt will meet each child for around four hours in London, with a therapist present. This will increase to 10 hours a day for six days at the end of June.

At the end of July, he will have custody of the kids in Los Angeles. It is Jolie’s responsibility to fly them to LA, and he will fly them back to London. Maddox, 16, was left out of these plans because according to the court, he is old enough to decide how long he wants to stay with each parent.

Pitt and Jolie abruptly separated in September 2016 and have been involved in a bitter custody battle since.

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