The Maleficent star, 41, dressed in all black and went without her wedding ring as she and her children were seen arriving at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 8. The actress has been keeping a low profile since her bombshell decision to file for divorce from Pitt, 52, in late September.
As Us Weekly reported, Jolie has been house-hunting in Los Angeles so their six kids can continue to have a relationship with Pitt. Allied actor Pitt is seeking joint custody of their children, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, who are currently residing with Jolie in Los Angeles.
Jolie stepped out one day after Pitt’s emergency request to keep their custody battle sealed from the public was denied by a judge at the L.A. Superior Court. However, a Pitt source told Us that the actor is pushing to make the entire divorce case private, which he believes is in the children’s best interest. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for January 17.
The latest legal twist in the stars’ nasty divorce came after Jolie’s attorney filed details of their voluntary, temporary custody arrangement with the court earlier this week. The documents allege that Pitt attempted to stray from the terms of the agreement in multiple ways: by requesting to change the number of visits with the children, asking to change the location of the visits and trying to bring another therapist into the process. The actors first came to the agreement — which includes voluntary drug tests of Pitt and supervised visits with the children and a therapist specializing in child-parent trauma — in September.
Pitt was cleared of allegations of child abuse by the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services last month. An FBI probe into an alleged incident aboard a private jet involving the star and his son Maddox was also dropped.