It’s taken a while to get to this point, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s long and bitter custody battle may be finally coming to an end. But rather than the one-time couple duking it out, it’s their six children who could decide the outcome. Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12 and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne will be getting a say in who they live with — and who they choose not to live with. And the process has already started.
In early October, psychologist Stan Katz submitted a document to the Superior Court of California, signaling an official custody evaluation has begun with potential interviews taking place with family caregivers and the six kids. “The Pitt-Jolie kids are currently in LA for the evaluation process,” an insider tells In Touch magazine. “They are going to have their say, and what they say could ultimately decide everything.”
Though a rep for Brad had no comment, the insider confirms at least this much is certain: The kids will be taking sides when they open up about their relationships with their parents. And it won’t always be pretty. The divorce aside, the family has had other drama, too. In 2016, Brad, 54, reportedly lunged at Maddox during a dispute with Angelina, 43, on an airplane, which led to a Department of Children and Family Services investigation. Brad was ultimately cleared of abuse allegations by the DCFS as well as the FBI, but the tensions were high.
“The way it stands now,” says the insider, “the kids just want the tug-of-war to be over. Most of them would be fine splitting half their time between Mom and Dad — but Angelina still wants primary custody.” Whether Angelina will get her way, well, it seems like that’ll be up to her children. They may want an even split, but if that just leads to more drama with mom, they may choose to go another way.