Back in September, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and requested that the court grant her full custody of their six children. Shortly after the news was made public, it was revealed that Brad had an altercation with the children while on board a private plane, which eventually led to a full-blown child abuse investigation against the actor.
Since then, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services dropped the formal charges against Brad. Nevertheless, Angelina Jolie is pushing through with the divorce. The actress believes proceeding will be to the advantage of the kids. “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,” a spokesperson for the actress told Fox News. “The DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal.”
While it is certain that Angelina Jolie is pushing through with the divorce, a spokesperson of the actress did say that she is “relieved” that the investigation was finished with relatively positive results.
Currently, Angelina and Brad have agreed to a custody agreement, which was arranged by childcare professionals. The agreement gives Angelina full custody of the six children — Maddox (15), Pax (12), Zahara (11), Shiloh (10) and twins Knox and Vivienne (8) — while Brad is allowed “therapeutic visits.”
Steve Mindel, a family law specialist based in LA, told People Magazine that the custody case has likely been referred back to family court following the results of the investigation. “The parties have to make a decision as to whether they’re going to pursue this in the public court system,” he told the publication. “Or whether or not they’re going to go to an alternative dispute resolution — either mediation, arbitration or a private judge program.” He then went on to speculate that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will meet with a private judge in order to keep the details away from the public.