Celebrities may get special treatment in many ways. However, when a celebrity couple breaks up, they may find themselves dealing with child custody battles just like everyday Americans. The separation between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt has led to a custody battle over the couple's six children.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got together after starring together in Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. They eventually married in 2014. Together, the couple has six children, including three children adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. However, in September, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt citing irreconcilable differences.
At issue now is the custody battle over the couple's six children. Jolie adopted 13-year-old Maddox from Cambodia when she was with her husband Billy Bob Thornton. After the Pitt and Jolie got together, they had Shiloh, Vivienne, Knox, and also adopted Zahara and Pax.
After a temporary divorce deal, Jolie was given full custody of the six children with Pitt getting limited visitation rights. Jolie is seeking full custody; however, Pitt wants joint custody of the kids together with Jolie. Jolie has reportedly said she only wants Pitt to have monitored visits with the children, and Pitt has “substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed.”
Shortly before filing for divorce, there was a report of a fight between Pitt and son Maddox on a flight on the couple's jet. The FBI subsequently investigated the incident as well as the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).
The couple agreed to a temporary custody deal, known as a structured decision-making (SDM) safety plan. Jolie filed a divorce petition seeking joint legal and sole physical custody of the children. Pitt has responded by seeking joint legal and physical custody. Court documents have not addressed the issue of spousal or child support in their divorce filings.
Since the separation, Pitt has had two supervised visits with his five youngest children, and one supervised visit with Maddox. According to the gossip website TMZ, Jolie is ready to go to war with Pitt over child custody of their kids. The DCFS is still investigating alleged child abuse claims against Pitt involving the fight on the plane.
Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, parenting time and responsibilities are based on the best interests of the child, as well as the wishes of the parents. Courts consider a number of factors in determining child custody disputes, including the needs of the child, how the child will adjust to their home, and the mental and physical health of everyone involved. However, child custody remains one of the main areas for dispute in divorces and separations.
If you facing a child custody dispute, you need to know your rights and make sure your child's best interests are taken into account. Speak with an experienced attorney who understands parenting agreements and visitation rights in Illinois. At Benassi & Benassi, we are committed to getting our clients the justice they deserve and equal treatment under the law.