At the time of the filing of Jolie’s petition for divorce, It seemed the investigation by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) into Brad Pitt’s alleged encounter with son, Malcolm, was on the verge of being closed as rumors of an FBI investigation being initiated surrounded the incident. Instead, the DCFS expanded the child abuse investigation to the entire family, including Angelina Jolie.
Initially, the DCFS focused their investigation on an incident aboard the couple’s private plane where Pitt Brad allegedly had a physical altercation with Maddox, age 15. After various interviews with family members, the DCFS expanded its investigation to other alleged instances of abusive conduct, including incidents involving Angelina and Brad, allegedly witnessed by at least one or more of their six children. Some of the children were reportedly afraid of Brad when in his presence, especially Maddox, who was involved in the incident aboard the plane.
Finally, the Los Angeles County DCFS closed the child abuse investigation. Despite this, Jolie only wants Pitt to have monitored visitation until he addresses his personal issues. Angelina is remaining steadfast in her unwillingness to grant Brad Pitt joint custody of the couple’s children.
Reports indicate that Jolie believes if Brad was granted joint custody, it would be detrimental to the children and place them at risk. She further contends that she has evidence that Brad has committed abuse toward the children. She believes Brad needs to address his substance abuse and anger issues before restoring any parent-child relationship. Angelina allegedly wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a “normal” parenting regime, but until then she is willing to fight for sole physical custody.
A representative of Jolie stated, “Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal.”
Jolie is imploring Pitt to find a new professional therapist to help the couple and their children deal with the trauma of the incident which occurred on their private jet. Jolie’s legal counsel has requested that Pitt participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist in order to learn how to best support and interact with the children.
Unfortunately, current therapy hasn’t accomplished much to help the children at this point. Both parties agreed in September of 2016 to attend family therapy sessions as part of their temporary custody agreement. Pitt is currently engaged in conflict with the couple’s sons, Maddox and Pax, who reportedly have walked out of one session in the past, and have refused to attend others.
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