The DCFS has still not declared that the children are safe with Brad. "The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation."
They can't make a move until they're clear of the DCFS.
They were probably hoping the DCFS would close the case by Oct. 20. It would have lined up perfectly with the 30 day period following her filing and if they were free to act, there would be no need for the convoluted explanations on TMZ.
But the DCFS is being very cautious, and they must be cautious too. Recall that the DCFS pushed back Brad's reunion with Maddox because they felt "the timing wasn't right." The DCFS lined up family counseling to help the family work out their problems as a family. But while she can move back in with him any time, without the DCFS' clearance, she can't take the children with her. It wouldn't be prudent for her to be seen considering withdrawing her petition before the DCFS deems it safe
If the visits went well and he passed the drug and alcohol tests, it shouldn't take too much longer.
In the meantime, they are setting the stage so whatever comes won't be such a shock or surprise.
"Angelina could set the wheels in motion for a default judgment since Brad hasn't answered her petition, but we're told that is not going to happen. She agrees ... healing the family is the priority, not starting a war."
Again, "they agree... healing the family. "
"Our sources also say there's a chance the whole divorce case could settle privately without any dueling divorce docs. And, we're told, on that goal both Angelina and Brad agree
"the whole divorce case .... no response, no default judgement, no docs.... "
I think at this point they're already telegraphing their intentions.
They've apparently shut down communications with all sites and tabloids except for TMZ. People has been hesitant to reprint all of TMZ's info, but Us is busy churning out reprints and outright fabrications. They never had a relationship with Us so the magazine may feel it has nothing to loose but Bert Fields and Pierce O'Donnell are standing by, ready to act.