Jolie's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, told ET, "A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge ... The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children."
As The Blast first reported, the former couple came to an agreement recently in order to avoid a bitter custody battle, for the sake of the kids.
The private trial was scheduled to begin next week and 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 six kids have already been subjected to ongoing custody evaluations, and the findings were used to determine a final custody order for the family.
However, with a deal completed, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can now 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.