That’s what Angelina Jolie claimed, anyway. The mud slinging continued throughout the holidays with Angelina claiming that Brad would be horrified if the public found out certain details about his life. Brad says that he is merely trying to protect the interests of his children from public ridicule. Whatever the reasons, an emergency hearing pertaining to sealing records was denied by a judge and declared not an emergency.
An investigation of child abuse, allegedly committed by Brad, was underway during the month of November as the couple fought for custody of the children. Both the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI closed this case after they were satisfied that safeguards were now in place for the safety of the minors.
On December 22, 2016, Angelina’s attorneys and Brad’s attorneys did come to a mutual agreement in regard to making public the names of the children’s therapists and other mental health professionals. Obviously, Angelina has started to see that a public display of their private lives can only lead to further pain for everyone involved.
A joint statement was released by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on January 9, 2017, stating
“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,”
The couple currently has a voluntary temporary custody order in place where Pitt is allowed supervised visitation. Jolie has custody for now.
As the public waits to hear of further news of the divorce outcome, all court documents are being kept confidential and a private judge has been engaged to make any necessary legal decisions on the remaining issues.