Divorce cases are dynamic processes that may continually change over time. Although Jolie originally did not request that Pitt pays her spousal or child support, the parties nonetheless commenced discussions of the following issues:
- Custody and visitation
- Temporary support for Angelina and the kids
- Permanent financial support
- Division of property
In any divorce case, spouses must primarily consider the needs of any children and make suitable temporary time-sharing arrangements that consider the sudden change in circumstances and alteration of living arrangements without negatively affecting the children to the greatest extent possible. Early in the case, Jolie and Pitt agreed to a temporary child custody agreement set forth by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. The agreement involves random drug testing and the presence of therapists during Pitt’s visitation. Here is a summary of terms of the current and ongoing, temporary agreement:
- Jolie receives temporary physical custody of the couple’s six children;
- Pitt receives visitation rights, but subject to conditions. His initial visit with the children had a therapist present. Then the therapist, based on his or her experience during this and subsequent visits, will make a final determination whether or not to allow Pitt to have subsequent visits without monitoring;
- Because Jolie believes that Pitt has substance abuse issues with alcohol and marijuana, Pitt is subject to random drug and alcohol testing. Sources say that Pitt’s first test returned a negative result;
- Both Jolie and Pitt must each submit to individual counseling, while the entire family will undergo family counseling;
- The agreement was initially to last for three weeks until October 20th of 2016 but has been extended.
Florida courts encourage parents to devise a time-sharing schedule that is mutually satisfactory to both parties. The Men’s Divorce Law Firm of Orlando, Florida, can help ensure that your rights are protected in the negotiation, preparation, and drafting of a children’s time-sharing schedule in a divorce proceeding. Call 321-DIVORCE today to schedule a consultation and follow our Twitter page for more insights about divorce and family law.