Friday 23 June 2017

Peace breaks out in Jolie and Pitt battle as they agree to private divorce

Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married for two years
Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married for two years

Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement yesterday.

Their statement said that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.

"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," it read. "The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."

The statement is the first joint comment from the actors on their divorce since Jolie and Pitt filed to end their marriage in September. At the time, her legal team stated it was filed "for the health of the family".

Authorities investigated allegations that Pitt was abusive toward his 15-year-old son on a private flight, but sources familiar with the cases said the actor was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Private judges are often used in high-profile divorce cases, keeping many details of a break-up out of the public eye while a final judgment is negotiated. Custody of their six children has been the primary issue in the divorce, with Jolie initially seeking sole physical custody.

Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's 'Mr and Mrs Smith'.

Irish Independent

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