Following their and a pretty lengthy custody battle, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reached a custody agreement that meant the actress retained sole custody of their six children, while her estranged husband would be granted ‘therapeutic visits’.
However, the Maleficient star’s primary custody of her children may now be in threat.
According to court documents obtained by and issued last week, a judge is ordering the 43-year-old to improve her childrens’ relationship with their father or risk losing primary physical custody.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County reportedly told Jolie, who filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, that ‘not having a relationship with their father’ would be ‘harmful’ to their six children (Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox). Jolie has also been instructed by the judge to tell her children that they are ‘safe with their father’.
Going forward, the court is now demanding the Wanted actress to provide Pitt with the mobile number of each child, and to allow him to speak to his children whenever he wants. The filmmaker has also been banned from reading the texts sent between Pitt and their children.
The order outlines a shared custody schedule for the summer in which the children will split their time between Pitt's home in Los Angeles and London (where Jolie is currently filming Maleficient 2).
As the couple’s eldest child Maddox is 16-year-old, he is reportedly exempt from such ruling, however his younger siblings will be required to follow a strict court-ordered schedule that dictates which days they must spend with each parent. If Jolie refuses to agree to the court’s demands, her custody of the children may be brought into question.
‘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],’ the court told the actress.
Following their split, Jolie reflected on the to , admitting: ‘I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger [for it].’
‘We all have our difficult times, but as a mother you also have a responsibility first and foremost towards the kids,’ she continued. ‘They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that.’
Jolie has been busy with her children in London recently, having just with her brood at Thorpe Park riding roller coasters.
We hope for the sake of their children, Jolie and Pitt are able to solve their custody issues.