Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have decided to use a private judge to keep their divorce proceedings confidential.
They released a joint statement saying they would keep all divorce documents and proceedings under seal in order to “preserve the privacy rights of their children and family”.
The statement says: “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”
In recent years, private judges have become more popular in the United States.
They are most often used by wealthier clients in family law cases, civil cases and breach of contract disputes.
Private judges have the same authority as public judges but the main advantages are that personal information remains private, as meetings and hearings are held outside of the public court system, the process is often quicker and you can select your own judge and schedule court dates to suit your schedules.
Angelina Jolie cited “irreconcilable differences” when she filed to end the marriage in September.
In November, court papers revealed Brad Pitt was seeking joint custody of his six children in his split from Angelina Jolie. The actress had previously asked for full custody of all the children.
In the same month, an investigation into whether Brad Pitt was abusive towards his son in September ended with no finding of wrongdoing. Social workers in LA had been examining claims Brad Pitt hit his 15-year-old son Maddox on a private jet.
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce the day after the incident. They had been married for two years, but together for more than a decade.
Brad Pitt has announced he will miss Voyage of Time premiere to focus on his “family situation”.
The Hollywood star has been the focus of press attention since it was revealed that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce.
Brad Pitt narrated director Terrence Malick’s epic documentary Voyage of Time, about the birth of the Universe.
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The actor said he did not want his presence at the California Science Centre Imax Theatre in Los Angeles on September 28 to “distract attention” from the film.
In a statement, Brad Pitt said: “Terrence’s Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential Imax film for children and families chronicling the birth of time.
“I’m very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I’m currently focused on my family situation and don’t want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see.”
Cate Blanchett has narrated a different feature-length version of the film.
Brad Pitt, 52, previously appeared in Terrence Malick’s 2011 movie Tree of Life.
Angelina Jolie, 41, has filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and asked for physical custody of their six children.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married in 2014 after 10 years together.
Angelina Jolie’s lawyer Robert Offer said the actress had filed for the dissolution of the marriage “for the health of the family”.
The FBI has said it is deciding whether to pursue and investigate an alleged incident regarding Brad Pitt and his children while travelling on a private jet last week, Variety reports.
It was “continuing to gather facts” and would evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level would be pursued
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce on September 19 citing irreconcilable differences.
She has asked for physical custody of the couple’s six children, asking the judge to give Brad Pitt visitation rights.
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The LA Times reported that the FBI had been informed of “a child welfare incident” involving Pitt on an international flight last week by a law enforcement source who was not authorized to discuss the matter. It said that the incident involved “unruly behavior” and that the Los Angeles county department of children and family services was conducting an investigation.
The LAPD denied that it was conducting an investigation into Brad Pitt, and said that to the best of its knowledge, no allegations had been made against him.
The alleged incident is believed to have taken place on September 14, on a private jet flying from France to Los Angeles.
Brad Pitt released a statement to People magazine after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce, saying he was “saddened”, and adding: “What matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Angelina Jolie’s lawyer, Robert Offer, said the decision to divorce had been made “for the health of the family”.
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services said it could not confirm or deny whether it was investigating Brad Pitt because of confidentiality laws.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married in 2014, having been together for a decade. They have six children together.