Brangelina's eldest son Maddox does not have to meet dad Brad Pitt amidst custody drama
As per court papers, if Brad Pitt isn't allowed enough bonding time with his kids, Jolie could lose their physical custody.
Brad Pitt is legally allowed to get some time with his kids, as per a court order, but his eldest son Maddox is exempted from that. In that, the authorities believe that he is old enough to make his own decision regarding meeting with his father.
Brad is soon supposed to start filming for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', but before embarking on that journey, he is visiting his kids who live full-time with their mother and his estranged wife, Angelina Jolie.
The court-mandated schedule allows him to spend time with his six kids - Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox - who are with Jolie at UK as she is filming Maleficent 2 there. A judge involved in the couple's divorce proceedings shared with People magazine that the court papers state it’s “critical” for each of their kids to have a “healthy and strong relationship with their father” and that Jolie could actually lose full custody of her kids if they are not allowed to properly bond with their father.
In the court's detailed plan for Pitt's visit with his children, they have also mentioned exactly the number of hours he is allowed to have with them daily. However, the plan doesn't apply to their eldest child, Maddox since he is old enough to decide how much time he wants to spend with his father.
The other five children, however, are still going to have to abide by the plan. “If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Pitt],” read the documents that were first reported by The Blast.
However, once Pitt is back to California, he gets to decide whether the kids will stay at his house in LA — which also used to be their previous residence — and if they do, Jolie can call only once daily at a previously agreed upon time when they are in his care.
Post the leak of the court papers on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Joli called the leak “deplorable.”
“This misleading leak is not in the best interests of the children,” the representative said in a statement.
“From the start, Angelina has been focused only on their health and needs, which is why it was so important that this last court hearing be conducted privately. It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.”