Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt strike temporary custody deal
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Los Angeles: Former couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reportedly agreed to a temporary custody deal, which allows the actor to visit their six children.
After the department of children and family services (DCFS) made its recommendations, Jolie and Pitt came to a temporary agreement that lasts until 20 October, reported Entertainment Tonight.
The agreement is voluntary and is a DCFS safety plan, also known as a structured decision making (SDM) safety plan, which is standard practice in any ongoing child welfare investigation.
Jolie and Pitt each volunteered to participate in individual counselling, and Pitt also agreed to undergo drug and alcohol testing, though he was not required to, sources said.
“She is only concerned with the health and safety of her children, that is how she feels at this moment,” a source close to the situation said of 41-year-old Jolie.
Full physical and legal child custody has not been determined yet, according to sources close to the situation.
Pitt’s first visit with his children will have to be with a therapist present, who can then either allow the actor future unmonitored visits, or insist on being present when he’s around the kids, TMZ reported.
Pitt is subject to random drug/alcohol testing. It has been reported, Jolie believes Pitt has issues with alcohol and weed. The law enforcement sources say his first test was negative for drugs and alcohol. Pitt and Jolie will each submit to individual counselling.
In addition, the former couple and the kids will undergo family counselling together.
The 41-year-old actress filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, last month, putting an end to their two-year-old marriage. She had asked for physical custody of their children in her divorce filing.