Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie reach child custody agreement

‎ LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Hollywood superstars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reached an ‎amicable agreement on the custody of their six children, avoiding a potentially messy public trial, US ‎media reported on Friday.‎‎ Pitt and Jolie announced their separation in September 2016 after two years of marriage and 11 years ‎together.‎‎ Three of their children are their biological children, and the other three are adopted.‎‎ “A custody arrangement was agreed two weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the ‎judge,” Jolie’s lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, said in a statement carried by several US celebrity news ‎outlets including TMZ.‎‎ “The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates ‎the need for a trial,” she said.‎‎ The couple had been set for a trial on December 4 — the deal means they will not battle in court.‎‎ Jolie originally wanted to have sole custody of the children, while Pitt asked for shared custody.‎

‎ The terms of the agreement are confidential, DeJean said.‎

‎ The couple is still working out the details of their divorce, with the distribution of assets reportedly ‎proving especially thorny. Jolie and Pitt did not have a prenuptial agreement.‎

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