By way of a long response to a question (from Fiorella), I am going to try to piece together what I think happened early on.
As soon as their plane lands late in the evening on Sept. 14, it is met by family social workers from the DCFS.
The insider tells Us that someone anonymously called DCFS during the flight, and representatives arrived at the airport tarmac to take the complaint as soon as the famous family landed. After interviewing Jolie, 41, and Pitt, DCFS decided to let them go, the source says.
In addition to interviewing everyone who was aboard the plane, the DCFS conduct a physical examination of Maddox and ask him and the other children if they feel they are in any danger.
When the police or DCFS receive a report of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, they must investigate. If they feel a child is in danger, they will move him or her away from the home.
Pitt did not return to the L.A. family home with Jolie and the children after the incident. That wasn't unusual, says the source – Pitt would often spend the night at a hotel after arguments with Jolie.
The next day, Sept. 15, Angelina seeks the advice of lawyers who have worked on child abuse cases with the DCFS. Having the children taken away and placed in foster homes would be her greatest fear. She is aware of the DCFS' concerns from the night before and since Brad's return to the family home could be seen by the DCFS as a "danger" to the children, she makes the decision to separate from him. On Sept. 16, she hires Laura Wasser and they prepare to file for divorce so she has a legal basis to temporarily have sole physical custody.
During this time she is still too upset with Brad to talk to him and explain her actions. But through various statements and reports, she gives him many hints
Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and the trigger was a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger ... TMZ has learned.
She's asking for physical custody of the couple's 6 children. She is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation. It's significant ... she does not want Brad to have joint physical custody ... only joint legal custody.
Our sources say, Angelina became "fed up" with Brad's consumption of weed and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem" ... felt it became dangerous for the children.
,,,Jolie, who's being repped by disso queen Laura Wasser, is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie lists the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
Robert Offer's statement:
"Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family"
Geyer Kosinski's statement:
"Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family.Us
“She still says Brad is the love of her life, and the decision has weighed heavy on her heart,” the source adds. “Her priority now is the children.”E!
E! News has learned the 41-year-old actress doesn't intend for the custody situation to remain permanent. Rather, we're told she believes it's what's necessary right now, and she knows she and Pitt will need to co-parent together in the future for the sake of their children,"
Sept. 20 E!
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids.Sept 22
"“He is just wrecked by this,”“He got a heads-up [about the filing] two days before.People
A "source tells PEOPLE Pitt will not likely accept sole custody, as "sole custody for either of them doesn't seem like what's best for the children."E!
"Brad did not want the marriage to end," a source shared with E! News. "He was committed to doing what he needed to make it work. He was open to counseling."
Another insider added, "He is emotionally torn. Right now, he is devastated. He still loved Angelina and would have preferred they fight to make the marriage work. He was willing to do whatever it took to save the marriage
After initially pleading publicly with her, his tone changed after news of the abuse investigation leaked.
Sept. 22 TMZ & People
"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the source says. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."People
"The source says Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. ...
Any accusations beyond that are “a combination of exaggerations and lies,” the Pitt source contends, blaming sources close to Jolie. “They have taken the overall smallest kernel of truth – that a fight in which Brad was somewhat inebriated got out of hand and reached a regrettable peak, and that as a result DCFS is looking into it – and they are manipulating it to best suit their attempts to gain custody.”
But a day later, he had calmed down and was again conciliatory.
"They are a solid family with two caring parents and a normal share of verbal disagreements like major households. 'Hopefully people can move on and leave them all alone to work this out.' Pitt's friend went on to explain that the actor has nothing negative to say about Jolie and continues to have a huge amount of respect for the mother of his children"
Sept. 23 TMZ
"A source connected with Angelina says this is not about alcohol ... she would never leave Brad if it was just a substance abuse problem. The source says this is all about protecting their children."
"A family member exclusively tells PEOPLE "Her family is broken and she is in agony. Her children are recovering from the events that brought about the filing of the divorce"
Us - "Brad Pitt is a "shattered man" after Angelina Jolie blindsided him with a divorce."
"I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I'm currently focused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film.."
Sept. 30 TMZ
"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been in the throes of settlement negotiations almost from the start ... but it got rocky early on when Brad pulled the plug ... sources familiar with the case tell TMZ.
We're told when TMZ broke the story about the incident in the air, Brad felt Angelina's people leaked the story and said he was done negotiating. But our sources say shortly thereafter, negotiations resumed...
-- Custody and visitation
-- Temporary support for Angelina and the kids...are well on their way to resolution... must conform to the eventual DCFS recommendations.
I don't know what form of communication was involved in "throes of settlement negotiations" but clearly Brad did not yet know at the time of the leak (Sept. 22) the reasons why Angelina needed sole physical custody. I think after seeing his reaction she realized she needed to let him know asap to calm him down and she may have sent someone she trusted -- like her brother -- to talk to him. And that probably paved the way for them to talk or meet directly -- perhaps even before he released his statement for Voyage of Time.
Certainly by Sept. 30 Brad was already aware of Angelina's reasons which is why he had agreed to "custody and visitation" and even added "temporary support for Angelina and the kids" -- which she didn't ask for -- before the DCFS released its recommendations.
At about this time, they stopped the flow of information to all outlets outside of TMZ. This was made clear when People reported that Brad had a "wonderful" visit with the kids only to be embarrassed when it was widely discredited. So I am not giving any credence to subsequent People reports that purport to give updates especially those that mention "divorce negotiations" since they don't have a clue as to what is really happening.
Angelina Jolie will not cooperate with law enforcement if there's a move to file child abuse charges against Brad Pitt ... TMZ has learned....Angelina, we're told, has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad.
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