The divorce process for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt started two years ago. Most couples in Maryland or elsewhere around the country would not anticipate that the process would take that long for them. Likely, Jolie and Pitt did not suspect that either; early responses from them indicated that they were anxious to settle their differences and move on. Needless to say, that resolution has not yet occurred. One of the major issues that is still being hotly disputed is that of child custody and how their children should be raised.
The bone of contention between the two celebrities is that they each want to have more time with their children, ranging in ages from 10 to 17. Jolie believes that it is best for her to maintain sole custody of them. However, Pitt seeks to have meaningful time with the children, not only short time periods together awarded by a judge. It has become nearly impossible to reach a custody agreement that will satisfy both parties.
Over the course of the two years, there have been accusations made of child abuse. An investigation of Pitt was made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services. In spite of the animosity, the parents are now abiding by a temporary arrangement ordered by the courts over the summer.
Jolie may have initially asked for sole custody due the fact that Pitt allegedly had been drinking heavily. He admitted to this, according to reports, and has now made changes to his lifestyle. He was also adamant that the children remain close to their Los Angeles home and not spend months away with Jolie on a foreign movie set.
While all couples do not have to deal with their child custody battles in the tabloids or determine how to divide multi-million dollar estates, the gist of the issues are the same. A knowledgeable Maryland attorney is available to help individuals in this state understand how to navigate the divorce process. Every effort will be made to seek the most favorable outcome in the proceedings for a client.