In a further update on the messy divorce raging between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the focus is once again on the couple's children.
In particular, news recently spilled out that the actor was going to court in order to keep information regarding their custody battle away from prying eyes. Apparently, Brad filed the documents last Tuesday and has requested an emergency hearing to try and seal all the documents and proceedings relating to the dispute for the sake of their six kids.
Ultimately, it all comes down to the fact that Pitt doesn't want someone to have the power to provide the media with breaking news, and hurt the family in the process.
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However, Jolie's attorneys claim that any documents filed by the actress were actually done so as a preventative measure to protect herself and the children if Brad tries to change their current arrangement. For example, if he suddenly decides to push for joint custody or wants unmonitored visits everyone will know about it — currently, the rules don't permit solo visits while he's still seeing their family therapist.
From Brad's side though, his lawyers are adamant that there's no reason for Angie to file a public agreement, as this only hurts his reputation and upsets the children. For him, this airing of their dirty laundry is merely evidence that she's failing to be a good parent.
The hearing was scheduled for December 7, and now reports are trickling out that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Burdge Jr stamped a big fat "REJECTED" on the appeal to seal the documents. However, he did not rule out sealing specific files – what this means for the next step in the custody battle, is yet to be revealed.
Watch this space.
Do you think Brad Pitt was right to try and seal the documents for the sake of the children?