What the New Ruling Means in the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Custody Case

The custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie just heated up, with a judge ordering new restrictions for  Jolie’s involvement in Pitt’s interaction with their six children.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie could be in danger of losing primary custody of the children if she doesn’t take steps to improve their relationship with their father. A judge in the couple’s ongoing divorce case said in the documents that “it is critical that each of children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” and that Jolie must allow Pitt to maintain and repair that.

Family law attorney David Glass, who is not associated with the case, tells PEOPLE that it “is extremely rare” to see a court intervene in this way, though they typically do so after extensive evaluation and to prevent children from being alienated from one parent.

“It looks like what this judge was weighing was the difference between estrangement and alienation,” says Glass, who has not had access to the court documents. “The difference there is, estrangement is when children aren’t connected to one of the parents, mainly because of something that parent did. So a hypothetical, if dad screams and yells at the kids and doesn’t treat them nicely, the kids stop wanting to see dad, that’s estrangement. An alienation refers to where children have been told by the other parent that the parent they’re not seeing is bad, or doesn’t like them, or doesn’t care about them. Just talking badly about the other parent and the kids start to internalize what the other parent is telling them. In alienation cases, kids will typically just repeat words that are beyond their years, or they will repeat reasons that they don’t possibly have access to the information.”

He adds: “It’s a rare case where the court will find that someone alienated the kids. It takes a lot to move the court past estrangement into alienation, but once it’s determined that one parent is alienating the kids, the court has no choice but to jump in and make pretty strong orders right away.”

The judge also outlined specific steps Jolie should 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. Glass says that the goal of the new guidelines is to “try to figure out what’s in the children’s best interest.”

“The schedule worked out by the court is the typical post-alienation reunification schedule,” he says. “You see them a couple hours a day and that starts leading to full days and eventually if things go well it leads to overnights, so you’re slowly acclimating the kids to the parent who’s been cut out of the kids lives.”

According to the court documents, the kids have to continue to see their therapist with Pitt, which Glass says is a positive step.

“That’s the first good news, that the kids are in therapy and that dad is somehow involved in the therapy. That’s where the kids can work out whatever issues they have. It’s that continuing contact with dad … all those little pieces that eventually lead to some sort of reunification with their dad.”

Reps for both Jolie, 43, and Pitt, 54, have not yet responded to a request for comment. Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on September 19, 2016. The have six children: Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year old twins Vivienne and Knox.


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Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals She And Fiance Brad Falchuk Are Yet To Move In Together And More!

The actress got candid about her romance with Brad Falchuk. Gwyneth Paltrow stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show today, and she opened up about her upcoming marriage with the TV producer. She also explained the reason why she took the decision to give marriage a second chance.

As you may already know, she and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin divorced back in 2014.

About the concept of marriage following the split, Gwyneth said: ‘I think that I’d like to give it a proper shot … for myself. I think there is something really beautiful about marriage.’

‘I think Brad’s someone who’s really intelligent, he is very emotionally intelligent. I think he is a good person to try this with. He is very self-aware. He has got a lot of emotional maturity.’

In addition, the actress also shared that she and her fiance are yet to move in together and that she is not really thinking of signing a prenup.

She mentioned Falchuk’s super successful shows, such as 9-1-1 and American Horror Story, saying she is not really so sure she is earning more than him.

When Stern asked about the way the couple manages their joint expenses, she replied: ‘Well, I think we are just going to try to do it in our own way.’

One thing is certain, however – they both agree that they do not want kids together!

Gwyneth is a mother of two – 12 year old son Moses and 14 year old daughter Apple while Falchuk has two kids as well – son Brody and daughter Isabella.

‘Neither of us want more kids. We are on the same team.’

‘It’s always tricky with kids and trying to gently blend families, and it’s hard,’ but Falchuk is apparently great with her children.

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Brad Pitt Has Been Cleared of Child Abuse Allegations, Sources Say

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has concluded its investigation into child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt, multiple sources tell PEOPLE.

“It was a full and thorough investigation and the determination has been made that no charges should be brought,” says a source, adding that there was no finding of abuse.

“The likely next step is a referral to family court so that the matter of custody can be determined; there is no permanent custody agreement currently in place, only an arrangement pending the outcome of this investigation. Now, with this conclusion, custody can be determined,” the source explains. 

A rep for Angelina Jolie responded in a statement to PEOPLE: “The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children heal.”

A rep for Jolie could not be reached immediately for comment, and a rep for Pitt declined to comment.

The DCFS launched the investigation after Pitt allegedly got “verbally abusive” and “physical” with Maddox, his and Jolie‘s oldest child, on the couple’s private plane on Sept. 14. Jolie filed for divorce five days later.

During the DCFS investigation, both Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, agreed to a voluntary parenting plan, with the children living with Jolie and supervised visitation for Pitt, as well as family and individual counseling .

The investigation comes to a close just days after Jolie released a new statement saying that the former couple had reached a legal agreement about the custody of their six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

However, other sources close to the situation maintain the pair have not reached any new agreements or settled their differences, and Pitt still plans to push for joint custody.

Pitt filed a response on Nov. 4 requesting joint custody after Jolie, 41, requested sole physical custody in her Sept. 19 divorce filing.

He is expected to make his first red carpet appearance at the premiere of his new film Allied on Wednesday night.


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Directing Brad Pitt In A Sex Scene ‘Wasn’t That Hard’ For Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie just finished directing her third movie (after “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and the forthcoming “Unbroken”). Titled “By the Sea,” it’s a romantic drama starring her and Brad Pitt as a couple making last-ditch efforts to save their marriage. (Life doesn’t always imitate art, right?)

The last time Jolie and Pitt shared the screen was 2005’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” where their romance first bloomed. Now, nine years into their own relationship, Jolie is tasked with directing her real-life hubby in a sex scene.

“I was the other person in the love scene, so it wasn’t that hard,” she told MTV News in a new interview with Josh Horowitz. “And he knows what I need. He’s always known.”

Well, well, well! “By the Sea” has wrapped, so it seems we can rest easy knowing the movie’s plot hasn’t spilled over to real life. Jolie knows people will compare the film to her actual relationship, but she’s prepared.

“Yes, we spent our honeymoon playing two people in a terrible marriage,” Jolie told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m sure a therapist would have a field day analyzing the films I choose to do. But it’s been 10 years since Brad and I have worked together. It felt like it was time.”

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