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Judge sets summer custody schedule for Pitt, Jolie's children

Some Georgia fans of actors Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt may be aware that the two have been involved in a custody battle. Although Jolie has primary custody, a judge has said that she is in danger of losing that.

Pitt has been cleared of 2016 child abuse charges, and the judge says Jolie must have a phone call with the children and their doctors to reassure them that, according to the court, they are safe with him. Jolie is required to allow Pitt to phone the children whenever he wants and is not permitted to read texts to them from him.

The court has also created a summer schedule with the intention of strengthening the children's relationship with Pitt. Both Pitt and Jolie are in London, where Jolie is filming a movie. Pitt will have access to one or two of their children for several hours per day with a child therapist present. For nine days in July, Pitt will have custody of the children in California. Only the oldest child is not included in the schedule since he will be permitted to choose with whom he spends time. Pitt may get primary physical custody if the children's relationship with him does not improve.

Courts generally take the attitude that, barring serious issues like abuse, it is in the best interests of a child to build a strong relationship with both parents. If one parent appears to be trying to interfere with the child's relationship with the other parent or seems to be combative in court, this type of behavior could hurt that person's bid for custody. Another alternative for parents is joint custody, where the child spends roughly equal time with each parent.

Source: The Blast, "Angelina Jolie in Danger of Losing Physical Custody of Children to Brad Pitt," Gary Trock, Liz Walters, 6/12/2018

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