It’s hard to believe, but more than three years after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their separation, the former couple still haven’t finalized their divorce. As negotiations continue to advance behind closed doors with a private judge, their custody case has returned to a Los Angeles county court.
According to The Blast, Jolie released details on March 3 of her assessment of custody and of Pitt for their six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – but said it did provide information limited. The couple have asked that the details be kept confidential and have been sealed, which means the public will not have accessBrad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Are Back In Court Over Custody Of Their Children
A child custody assessment is mainly used in cases where there are “concerns about child abuse, addiction or mental health issues”. Before a custody agreement is finalized, the judge wants to deepen the parents’ mental health and parenting practices.
Fans may remember that when Jolie and Pitt first separated in September 2016, she accused him of being violent towards their eldest son Maddox. However, after a criminal investigation, Pitt was cleared of any criminal act. Maddox is now 18 years old and a first-year college student, so the custody arrangement only applies to the five youngest children.
The stars of Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been trying to settle their case privately for more than three years. The latest filing is the first time the former couple’s case has been brought to court in over a year. Pitt and Jolie were able to reach a temporary custody agreement in late 2018, but a final agreement has not yet been reached.