Set to be one of the most expensive and drawn-out custody battles in the Hollywood history. Warring exes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have not put out all the stops. In the hearing to decide the access for 5 of the six children. Brad 56, is calling a massive 21 witnesses to support the case. For a 50-50 split in the proceedings which go under this week.
While Maleficent star Angelina Jolie 45. Is the “ultimate mama bear,” desperate to protect the kids, even from their dad, tells a source . The insider, who is close to both parties says “The kids have been shielded to a large extent. But they’re old enough to have a pretty strong sense of what’s going on. And it breaks Brad’s heart to know they’ve been at the centre of this wretched battle for such a long time.
BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE
“Angelina is still the ultimate mama bear who insists she’ll walk through fire to protect them from anyone – even their father – and she’s proud of the strength and maturity the kids have shown throughout this nightmare process.
“There’s been a hell of a lot of finger-pointing and sniping from each of their respective camps for months now, ever since it became clear they weren’t going to be able to compromise face-to-face. “Now the communication between Brad and
Angie is virtually non-existent, and they’re both digging in harder than they’ve ever done before.”
The couple, met in 2004 when filming action comedy Mr & Mrs Smith, married in 2014. They have spent a month building the cases, costing a small fortune in legal bills. The latest stage of the long-running divorce saga began with a private hearing in the LA court.
The kids’ named Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne, kicks off behind the doors on Monday, with the pair takes part via Zoom. Brad is calling three times as many witness the ex, which has namely seven, includes herself and Brad.
“Brad and Angelina have been at a total impasse for longer than anyone can remember.
They hire the best lawyers to have their custody and comes to a civilised compromised outside the court to dissolve the issue.
“It’s incredibly sad it has come to this. There’s unlikely to be an official ruling until right before Christmas and, of course, in the meantime, it’s all hanging over the family’s heads like the darkest of clouds.”
“The family spent together many years, together with but they have spent many weeks working for the legal proceedings to draw down their lists of witnesses who would help them to strengthen their respective arguments.”
In the case Angelina got on the more substantial foot and had a bulk of time with the children, there is a view that he’s got to convince the judge to change the present situation.
“He wants a straight 50 per cent of the custody, with the visitations dates and overnight stays set in stone.” A decision is expecting at the next court date on December 21, but it could be pack depends on how the case goes on.
It is already agreed that the eldest son, Maddox, 19 can decide for himself when he wants to see his dad.