Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are trying to settle the custody of their six children out of court, Gossip Cop has learned. The estranged spouses are currently scheduled to go to trial on December 4, but we're told both parties are working together to come to an agreement before the court date. A source close to Jolie also tells us she's not fighting for sole custody, as some outlets have reported, and her "goal is that the kids have a relationship with their father."
On Monday, the exes filed court documents requesting to extend the appointment of Judge Ouderkirk as a temporary judge in their case through June 30, 2019. The retired judge, who's handled all pre-trial issues between the exes, is expecting to oversee their case privately and not in a public courthouse. Gossip Cop, however, is told that the December 4 court date will only commence if the two can't hash out a custody agreement prior to it.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences, and the two have been fighting over custody and money ever since. This past June, a judge ruled that the actress could lost primary custody of her six kids if she didn't allow them to spend more time with their father. In August, the actress filed papers accusing Pitt of not paying any "meaningful child support" in the time since they separated.
The actor's lawyers dismissed the claim, calling it "a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage." Pitt's team further stated that he's paid more than $1.3 million for the kids and also loaned his estranged wife $8 million to buy a home. Jolie's camp shot back by saying a "loan" is not child support, "and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate." The actress's lawyers also argued that Pitt's counter-claim was "a blatant attempt to obfuscate the truth and distract from the fact that he has not fully met his legal obligations to support the children."
In addition to all of the real-life developments, there have also been countless false tabloid stories surrounding the ex-couple's high-profile divorce. One phony scenario that's emerged several times is that the two are getting back together. The history of their custody battle would prove otherwise.
Jennifer Aniston has also been dragged into the fold on countless occasions, with several tabloids alleging that she reconciled with Pitt amid his divorce. A few particularly egregious articles even claimed that Aniston was going to court with her ex-husband to help him win back his kids from Jolie. That's not happening. Gossip Cop will continue to update with real developments in Pitt and Jolie's custody case ahead of the scheduled December 4 trial date.
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