Sources close to Jolie tell The Blast a custody settlement between the two stars is imminent, with the goal being to wrap up negotiations before the private custody trial begins.
As for specifics of the settlement, we're told although Jolie fought to give Pitt minimal custody of their 6 children, the deal will include a substantial amount of time given to the "World War Z" star.
Our sources say the former couple finally realized the ongoing fight is only hurting the children, and although they have not yet signed off on the agreement, it's expected to be finalized very soon.
As we reported, the private trial was gearing up to be very nasty. Jolie had planned on using the child abuse allegations against Pitt from the airplane incident in 2016 that ended their marriage, even though he was never charged with a crime.
The trial, which appointed the same private judge who officiated the star's wedding ceremony, would most likely have been months of grueling litigation involving the children. The 6 kids have already been subjected to ongoing custody evaluations, and the findings were going to be used to determine a final custody order for the family.
However, with a deal in place, Jolie and Pitt will save their family from the painstaking proceedings, and can instead begin to focus on the financial part of the divorce.
There are hundreds of millions of dollars in money and property that must be combed through to hash out a complete settlement and finalize the divorce. Jolie recently handed over her financial information to Pitt's legal team as the stars continue to negotiate.
As we previously reported, Jolie floated the possibility of collecting palimony from Pitt because even though the A-listers were in a relationship for a long time, their marriage was brief.
Our sources are optimistic that Pitt and Jolie have found common ground and agree things need to be settled for the sake of the family, and tell us as long as nothing extreme happens, the matter will be settled.