Amid an apparently ugly custody battle, a judge has given Brad Pitt the green light to text his six kids without estranged wife Angelina Jolie’s supervision. But Jolie is slapping back at Pitt’s camp for allegedly leaking the documents to The Blast.
According to court documents obtained by People, the 54-year-old must be allowed to have the cell phone number of each child, and be given unfettered text and phone access to them.
“The importance there is that Brad is allowed to call them at any time and he can call them directly on their own phone,” David Glass, a family law attorney and former therapist who has no connection to the case, tells People.
“The presumption there is that maybe in the past he has tried to call the children through their mother and that the mother hasn’t passed along the phone call or has said they’re not available or doesn’t answer the phone, so the court is providing this direct access and preventing Angelina from interfering,” he added.
The judge notes in his decree that kids“not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them,” adding that “it is critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother.”
The Blast was first to report the judge’s custody stipulations, which stressed the importance of Pitt’s access to his kids.
A spokesperson for Jolie told The Blast Wednesday, “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.”
- Jolie, 43, filed for divorce from Pitt on September 19th, 2016. They married in August of 2014, but were together for more than a decade.
- They share six children: Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year old twins Vivienne and Knox.
- The judge also laid out the rest of the custody arrangements for the summer. When the children are will Pitt, a child therapist will be present. When the kids are with Pitt, Jolie is restricted to one phone call per day at a prearranged time.
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