Looks like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are turning over a new leaf when it comes to their tumultuous split.
Though the two have been engaged in a difficult custody battle over their six children since Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 20, 2016, a source tells ET that the actress recently reached out to Pitt to improve their co-parenting relationship.
“Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house,” the source says. “It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children. Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts.”
“Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer,” the source continues. “Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids.”
“Angelina created a very difficult situation for Brad and the children and she has finally realized her behavior backfired,” our source says. “Angelina loves her kids very much and it seems like she felt threatened she might lose time with them and, in turn, she went on the attack. Unfortunately, everyone in the family has suffered.”
“She started to see a change in the kids’ behavior because they missed their dad,” the source adds. “The kids’ reaction to the divorce actually helped Angie try a different tact.”
The source notes that the meeting between Jolie and Pitt was a “huge step” for the two.
“They both hope to continue to work together for the kids,” the source says.
Though Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s contentious custody battle is far from over, the father of six has been spending quite a bit of quality time with his brood lately, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. With their temporary summer custody agreement over and their court-ordered child custody evaluation yet to be finalized, Pitt “has the children every other day,” explains the insider.
And though the source notes the 54-year-old’s time with his kids is still monitored by officials from the Department of Children and Family Services, the visits are ample: “Four hours a day on school days and 12 hours on nonschool days.”
During Pitt’s sessions with Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor “is active with the kids,” says the insider. (At 17, Maddox is free to make his own decisions about which parent to spend time with.)