Sunday, 5 December 2021

Brad Pitt Cleared Of Child Abuse Allegations

Brad Pitt just got a major break in his contentious divorce with Angelina Jolie. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services decided  that Pitt did not commit child abuse during a family dispute on a private plane as they traveled back from France to the U.S. in September, a source familiar with the report that was not authorized to speak publicly. That’s a big win for the actor, who is currently fighting for joint custody of their six children, who range in age from 8 to 15. Jolie, who filed for divorce on Sept. 22, is currently seeking sole custody. TMZ says the case was “exhaustively investigated.”

DCFS is barred by law from commenting on investigations. Peter Walzer, a divorce attorney in Los Angeles who has represented celebrity clients, says the DCSF clearance is “no surprise” and it means the Jolie-Pitt divorce-and-custody matter will end up looking like similar disputes in Los Angeles County. “It’s an unwritten rule (the parties) get defacto joint physical custody, which is 50-50 time,” Walzer says. “It means shared time with the other parent. You have to work really hard not to get equal time in this county. And what that looks like is 2/2/5 — she gets them two days, he gets them two days and they alternative weekends Friday to Monday.”

But California law also gives the kids some say, especially if they’re over 14. “There is a statute that allows kids over 14 to tell the court what they want and the court must consider it,” Walzer says. “It doesn’t mean they have to follow it but generally they do. When a kid says ‘I don’t want to be with dad or mom,’ that’s what’s going to happen.The court has to consider what the kid wants to do.”

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