Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Request More Time to Settle Custody Battle

Published November 28th, 2018 - 10:28 GMT
Grueling process: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have requested more time with the private judge they hired for their custody battle as they try to come to an agreement before it goes to trial (Source: JStone - Shutterstock)
Grueling process: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have requested more time with the private judge they hired for their custody battle as they try to come to an agreement before it goes to trial (Source: JStone - Shutterstock)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are requesting more time to settle their custody battle.

The duo, who have been locked in divorce negotiations over their six children, have asked for more time with their private judge so they can come to an agreement.

The Blast is reporting that Jolie has filed a stipulation to extend the appointment of Honorable John Ouderkirk who is overseeing the custody part of their divorce.

Ouderkirk was hired by the actors privately and Jolie reportedly wants to make sure he handles the potential private custody trial as well as pre-trial motions and requests.

Documents filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday show that Jolie has asked that Ouderkirk, who also officiated the couple's wedding in 2014, be retained until December 31st 2019, extending his time on the case by six months.

It seems the former couple are trying their best to get the custody battle resolved before it goes to trial.

It was reported last week that they want to avoid taking it to trial as they 'realize the ongoing fight is only hurting the children.'

According to the outlet's sources, the 54-year-old actor and 43-year-old actress aim to 'wrap up negotiations before the private custody trial begins.'

Despite Jolie fighting for Pitt to receive minimal custody, the new agreement is likely to include a 'substantial amount of time given to the World War Z star.'

Once the custody part of the divorce is out of the way next up will be their finances. It remains unclear how the two will divide up their millions of dollars in cash and property.

The couple did not sign a prenup when they wed on August 23, 2014 in France.

According to US Weekly reports last week, Pitt had reached out to his estranged wife asking to settle out of court.

The A River Runs Through It actor hoped 'persuade' her that a 'hearing will cause lasting psychological damage' to their kids, the outlet's source revealed.

They are parents to six children: Maddox, 17; Pax, 14; Zahara, 13; Shiloh, 12; twins Knox and Vivienne, 10.

US Weekly's insider added: 'There will be no winners, no matter what the judge decides.'

The couple got engaged in April 2012, and married on August 23, 2014, after nine years together.

Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on September 19, 2016, citing irreconcilable differences.

Just days before the filing there was an alleged 'altercation' that involved Brad and Maddox aboard a private jet that was heading from Nice, France to Los Angeles, California.

Brad was cleared of any wrongdoing.


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