Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt first announced their separation close to two years ago, but they are still met with a great number of difficulties. Namely, the high-profile celebrities haven't had many agreements when it comes to their children. In recent court documents obtained on Tuesday, Jolie's attorney's claims that Pitt isn't paying his fair share of child support. In their words, Jolie claims Pitt hasn't paid "meaningful" child support for a year and a half. She's understandably not happy about that. More specifically, Jolie is trying to obtain a court order for retroactive funds.
The court documents were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, as it was reported by CNBC. Angelina Jolie and her team of lawyers are currently requesting a status conference with a judge in order to obtain the right amount of funds from Brad Pitt. As Samantha Bley DeJean, Jolie's attorney, notes, Pitt has "a duty to pay child support," and he's not fulfilling that duty. At this moment, in fact, the actor has reportedly "paid no meaningful child support" since the couple separated. The couple officially announced their divorce intentions back in September 2016. According to Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt hasn't been providing a lot of money to the family since then, which is something Jolie hopes to fix in the months to come through the court.
It should be noted that Brad Pitt has reportedly been the one who has made the break-up difficult. He was initially hesitant to sign the divorce paperwork, and the A-list superstars were constantly arguing over custody agreements. For instance, earlier this summer, Pitt and Jolie eventually came to the agreement that they would be switching custody of the children based on their production schedules for Maleficent 2 for Jolie and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for Pitt. Jolie was filming in London, while Pitt was, of course, filming in sunny Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share six children together: Maddox (17), Pax (14), Zahara (13), Shiloh (12), and 10-year old twins, Vivienne and Knox. The primary concern is presumably on the younger children, since Maddox, in particular, is nearing adulthood. Jolie seems to be seeking a sense of closure for the couple, while still being dependent parents for their children. That hasn't happened thanks to Pitt's hesitance, according to a spokesperson for Angelina Jolie.
Beyond their public custody battles, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt remain busy with their own respective projects. In addition to the aforementioned Maleficent 2, which are set to be released on May 20th, 2020, Jolie is providing her voice talents to The One and Only Ivan, which is expected to be released sometime in the next year or two. She also directed the Netflix drama First They Killed My Father last year. Meanwhile, in addition to the aforementioned Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is set to be released on July 26th, 2019, Pitt is set to appear in James Gray's sci-fi drama Ad Astra, which will be released on January 11th. We'll continue to keep you posted on all the latest developments with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie here.
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