Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Have Reached an Interim Custody Arrangement (Exclusive)
By Antoinette Bueno
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Amid Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's heated custody battle over their six children together, the two recently reached an interim custody arrangement, a source close to the situation tells ET.
According to the source, Jolie and Pitt had a planned custody hearing, though it was no longer necessary after reaching the agreement. At this time, there are not details on the specifics of the agreement.
The source says, “The interim arrangement was agreed upon by both parties after it was recommended by their custody evaluator.”
“There was no longer a need for the hearing,” the source adds.
Additionally, the source tells ET that “Angelina is enjoying the last few days of summer before school starts,” adding, “she is helping the children heal with their father.”
A second source tells ET that an interim agreement has been in place for a while, and a more permanent custody deal has yet to be decided. “Nothing has changed,” says the source, adding that the estranged couple is trying to be “amicable for the children.”
ET has reached out to reps for both Jolie and Pitt.
Jolie and Pitt's custody battle made headlines again earlier this month, after the 43-year-old actress accused Pitt of not paying any "meaningful" child support for a year and a half in a court filing, and said she is planning to get a court order mandating that he pay it. Pitt's lawyers filed their response one day later, and in court papers obtained by ET, Pitt denied that he hasn't paid any significant child support and claimed that he'd paid Jolie over $9 million since their September 2016 split.
"Respondent has previously loaned Petitioner $8.0 million to assist her in purchasing her current residence and has paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of Petitioner and the minor children," the documents read.
Pitt's lawyers also took shots at Jolie and her lawyers, writing that Jolie's lawyers previously made no mention of any child support issues and that the sudden effort to schedule a hearing on the subject is "calculated to increase the conflict."
"Petitioner's Request is unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage," the court filing reads.
But in a statement to ET, one of Jolie's lawyers, Samantha Bley DeJean of the Law Offices of Bley and Bley, said that Jolie's request for child support "was both legally appropriate and factually accurate in all respects." Jolie's spokesperson, Mindy Nyby, also told ET in a statement at the time that the actress actually just wanted to move the divorce process forward with her new court filing.
“The aim of Angelina’s routine court filing is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children," the statement read.
The recent court drama came after Jolie was ordered by a judge in June to help repair her children's relationship with 54-year-old Pitt. According to the court documents obtained by ET at the time, the actor will now get more time with five of his children -- 14-year-old Pax, 13-year-old Zahara, 12-year-old Shiloh and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- over the summer, while 16-year-old Maddox, "because of his age and maturity," can determine how much time he wants to spend with his father.
"Angelina loves her children and wants the best for them," the source said. "The trouble is she feels the best scenario for the kids is for her to have sole custody. She is prepared to do what it takes to get what she wants. .... Everyone involved has tried to explain to Angelina that having two parents in their children's lives is healthier in the long run, but she does not see it that way."
"Brad and Angelina have been encouraged repeatedly to settle this divorce amicably for the children's sake, but Angelina's expectations have actually slowed the process and have affected everyone involved," the source continued.
For more on the custody battle, watch the video below: