Last week, Angelina Jolie Pitt says she wants her divorce from Brad Pitt finalized prior to the end of 2018. The declarations were made in a request for a case-management hearing filed at the beginning of the month by Jolie Pitt’s lawyers in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The celebrity super couple, commonly referred to as “Brangelina” by the media, split on September 2016 after being married for ten years. After an initial outbreak of nasty accusations and then a period of private negotiations in divorce mediation, they made headlines again with recent spats about visitation and child support for their children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox.
The following is a timeline of the Brad Pitt-Angeline Jolie divorce:
- September 19, 2016 – Jolie filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and requested custody of their six kids.
- September 22, 2016 – Brad Pitt was under investigation for child abuse after he allegedly got “verbally abusive” and “physical” with Maddox (then 15 years old) on the couple’s private jet the day before Jolie filed for divorce. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) concluded its investigations in November without any charges brought against Pitt.
- October 2016 – Pitt was permitted weekly visits of five hours each, supervised by a therapist, with his youngest children through the end of January. They also reached an agreement to handle their divorce privately.
- June 2018 – After over a year of peace, child custody disputes surfaced which revealed Jolie was in danger of losing primary custody of all six children. A judge ruled that if she didn’t allow them each to form a “healthy and strong relationship” with their father, then she may lose custody. Aside from being given scheduled visitation to spend time with the kids, Pitt was also granted unsupervised cellphone access.
- August 7, 2018 – Jolie’s attorney filed papers stating that Pitt “has a duty to pay child support. As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation.” Jolie intends to file a request for a court order (RFO) to establish a retroactive child support order. Pitt’s lawyer argued that Pitt has “loaned” Jolie $8 million to help her buy her current home and has contributed more than $1.3 million “for the benefit of [her] and the minor children.” Jolie’s attorney responded by stating Pitt has yet to fully meet his legal obligations to support the children.