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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reach child custody agreement

For parents, children typically become the focus of divorce proceedings, and celebrity couples are apparently no exception. New Jersey fans of the celeb couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have likely already heard of their recent divorce filings, and the soon-to-be exes are already hard at work on the proceedings. Most recently, the couple managed to create a child custody agreement as part of a temporary divorce agreement, which was made with private negotiators.

Jolie and Pitt seem to be keeping the focus on the best interests of their six children by following recommendations from the LA Department of Child and Family Services, or DCFS. Although not involved with the family before, the agency stepped into the divorce proceedings after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding possible abusive behavior by Pitt. This claim has yet to be publicly substantiated.

The custody arrangement grants Jolie full custody of her six children, while Pitt was given an initial visitation. Subsequent visits -- either monitored or unmonitored -- are contingent upon his first visitation session with the children, which will be held under the presence of a therapist. Additionally, Pitt will also face random testing for drug and alcohol use because of Jolie's concerns that he relies too heavily on these substances. An initial test did not reveal any traces of alcohol or drugs in Pitt's system.

As part of the child custody arrangement, Jolie and Pitt agreed to not only individual counseling sessions, but also to family sessions that they will both attend with the children. For some families in New Jersey, this can be an ideal way to ensure the continued well-being of the children. However, not all families are able to collaborate in order to create an effective custody arrangement. Parents who are unable to agree must proceed to court, where a judge will take various factors into account before determining what arrangement would ultimately be in a child's best interests.

Source: nymag.com, "Angelina Jolie Got Everything She Wanted in Temporary Divorce Deal With Brad Pitt", Allie Jones, Sept. 30, 2016

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