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Learning from the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Many fans throughout the United States and around the world were shocked and disappointed to learn of the breakup between super-celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Jolie filed for divorce in mid-September of this year, seeking sole physical custody of the ex-couple's six children in the filing.

However, according to a recent article, Pitt replied by filing a petition seeking joint physical and joint legal custody of the children. The children range in age from 15 to a pair of 8-year-old twins. According to a source familiar with the situation, the children are currently living with Jolie. In addition, Jolie has spent her recent months focusing entirely on her children, pushing aside potential work and her charity endeavors to care for her children full-time. Reports suggest that neither Jolie nor Pitt have had communication amongst themselves, and that all discussions are being done through each's respective team.

It remains to be seen how this situation will ultimately play out, but it is an issue that is not uncommon during divorces where parties cannot agree or come to mutually acceptable decisions regarding child custody. Mediation may be an option, which would allow a third-party neutral mediator to consider the situation and propose a solution that might be agreeable to both sides. Otherwise, the issue may go to court, where the judge will consider all aspects of the parents' lives and the children's lives to make a decision primarily dependent on keeping the best interests of the children in mind.

Source: People, "Brad Pitt Files for Joint Physical Custody of Kids in Angelina Jolie Divorce Response," Jodi Guglielmi and Mike Miller, Nov. 4, 2016

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