Published: Thu, November 08, 2018

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt going to trial in custody case

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt going to trial in custody case

Angelina and Brad, 54, will head to court on December 4 where they are expected to enter a further two to three weeks of custody negotiations, and insiders claim the former couple are doing their best to settle things outside of court before the trial begins.

Brad Pitt reportedly believes a custody trial against Angelina Jolie will be "unnecessarily damaging" for his children.

Brad and Angelina, who announced their split in September 2016 after four years of marriage and more than 10 years together, share Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The judge outlined specific steps Jolie had to take to aid Pitt's access to and relationship with the children, including a detailed summer visitation schedule, and easy phone access between Pitt and each of the kids, without monitoring or interference from their mom. Entertainment Tonight notes that the two reached an interim agreement in August of this year.

According to TMZ, Angelina wants full custody of the children, while Brad wants joint custody.

While Pitt's fears that the ongoing court battle could damage their kids, that hasn't stopped the last two years of leaks to the media. An alleged incident of abuse on a plane involving Pitt and eldest son Maddox Jolie-Pitt is said to have contributed to Jolie's decision.

Pitt denied claims he physically abused the then 15-year-old, and while he was investigated and later cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the damage to his reputation was done. Pitt's team retaliated, providing court documents receipts for a $8 million loan he gave Jolie for her current home as well as $1.3 million in bills.

Earlier this year, Angelina was ordered by a judge to allow her children to spend more time with their father, or risk losing custody.

The messy battling looks to continue as the pair head toward court.

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