Will Brad Pitt get joint custody of children with Jolie?

Latest in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s custody case of their five minor children.


September 5, 2021


3 min


Troy actor, Brad Pitt is likely to press for continuing the joint custody of his five children with actor Angelina Jolie. Brad Pitt was granted joint custody by Judge John Ouderkirk in May this year and the order was disqualified by a California appeals court two months later. That led to Angelina Jolie with full custody of the children. Brad Pitt has appealed the California Supreme Court to review his ongoing custody battle with Angelina Jolie.

How it began?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie started dating in 2005 while Brad Pitt was still married to Jennifer Anniston. The couple married in 2014 only to split two years later. Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016 and the custody of their children is fought in the court. They have six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.

Maddox who has turned 19, is considered an adult while the joint custody is being contested for the five minor children. According to experts, the joint custody provided in May this year by Judge John Ouderkirk likely to stay in effect though Angelina Jolie managed to remove Ouderkirk from the hearing. If Brad Pitt is able to prove that there has been substantial change in circumstances since the entry of Judgment of Divorce, he will be successful.

The experts also opine that the California Family Code presumes the joint custody is the best interest of minor child. The presumption is rebuttable provided the parties present their evidence against it and argue their position.

Children’s opinion to matter

The opinion of his five minor children is also going to be crucial for Brad Pitt to win the custody. Pax is 17 years old, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15 while the twins are 12 years old. The California court gives due consideration to children’s preference if the child is old enough for an intelligent preference. With three of the five falling in the age group of 13-17, the court may listen to their opinions and get their preference.

With Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are quite determined, it is likely that the case is likely to go for days to months and multiple hearings before a verdict is arrived.

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