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Brad Pitt Wins Joint Custody Of Children With Angelina Jolie

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Brad Pitt has been awarded joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie after a lengthy court case.

The former couple were together for twelve years and have six children.

Separating in 2016, the ‘Mr & Mrs Smith co-stars were officially divorced in 2019 and have been trapped in a custody battle ever since.

According to Page Six, the private judge presiding over the case – John Ouderkirk – made the “tentative ruling” after considering months of professional testimony and interviews with the Jolie-Pitt children. The ruling may yet be dismissed as Jolie continues her legal fight against the decision.

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Jolie has previously criticised Judge Ouderkirk and has sought his dismissal from the case. Citing a California code which states that children 14 and over should be allowed to testify if they wish to, Jolie’s latest filing says Judge Ouderkirk “refused to hear the minor teenagers’ input.”

Only two of the six Jolie-Pitt children are under the age of 14.

“Joint custody is not the issue that Angelina objects to,” a source told Page Six. “There were other issues of concern, but the court proceedings are closed and sealed.”

Pitt and Jolie’s separation came after reports of a disagreement between Pitt and Maddox – the pair’s then 15-year-old son – on board a private flight. There was speculation that Brad Pitt might have been abusive but any allegations were later dropped.

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