Brad Pitt Seeks Joint Custody in Response to Angelina Jolie Divorce

Brad Pitt filed his response to Angelina Jolie’s divorce filing on Friday, November 4. The actor is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their six kids, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, and cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce, documents obtained by Us Weekly show.

Jolie, who is seeking sole custody of their children, first filed for divorce from her estranged husband on September 19. In his filing, Pitt lists their date of separation as September 15.

Pitt’s filing comes just days after Us confirmed that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has extended their investigation into the actor for alleged child abuse. According to a legal source, “it’s normal [for the DCFS] to extend past the deadline to complete their work when an agreement exists between the parties.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on November 5, 2015, in Los Angeles. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

As previously reported, Jolie was prompted to file for divorce from Pitt, after more than a decade together, after he got into an alleged altercation while aboard their private plane with their son Maddox. (A source close to Pitt previously told Us that “the abuse suggestions are inaccurate,” and that Pitt is taking the investigation very seriously and is cooperating with authorities.)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Pax Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the world premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" on May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Charley Gallay/Getty Images

After going weeks without seeing his dad, Us exclusively revealed that Maddox refused to attend Pitt’s first monitored visit with his kids. “He chose not to go and stayed with Angie,” a source told Us at the time. “It wasn’t full of joy and happiness.”

That said, Jolie “is not trying to poison the kids against Brad,” another source previously told Us. “She wants them to have a relationship with him once their health and safety is assured.”

Jolie currently has full custody of the kids after the exes signed off on a temporary, voluntary custody arrangement.

Us Weekly has reached out to both Pitt and Jolie’s reps.

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