Random Fuzzy 2
ET reported earlier that it is "only a matter of getting paperwork in order for the investigation to come to an official close. "
And when it closes? A "source close to Brad" said, "Once those cases close, either DCFS or the FBI have the option to recommend charges or refer the case to another court."
Since this is coming from a "Brad" source this is probably what he expects: either he will face charges or he will be hauled before another court. In either case it seems his ordeal will not be coming to an end soon. But at least the end of the DCFS investigation means they feel the children are no longer in danger, and his life -- and his family's -- will no longer be governed by severe restrictions.
That part at least will be over. But he may still be made to account for his past behavior.
Our Angelina sources say she's adamant ... Brad should not face criminal charges for getting physical with 15-year-old Maddox on their private jet. We're told she'll go "radio silent" if authorities make a move to build a case against her estranged husband.
Angelina, we're told, has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad.
DCFS does have the authority to recommend custody restrictions to the dependency court, although it's looking more and more like it will not reach that stage. Furthermore, given there were no injuries to Maddox and conflicting accounts of what happened, prosecution is also unlikely.
Again, I don't expect her to abandon him. If there are no more restrictions between them I expect her to help him get through this.
The same Brad source said: "There is still an open investigation going on by the FBI and DCFS, and the results of those investigations will be a factor in determining custody.
And a Brad source also said, "the custody arrangement is riding on the conclusions of DCFS"
Since the investigation is apparently coming to a close, some preliminary conclusions were probably already factored into their legal agreement.
I wanted to look closer at the statement released by Judy Smith.
"We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago. In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest."
"We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their wellbeing, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."
It has been noted that the statement does not mention the DCFS investigation and I think this is clearly looking at life beyond without the DCFS and with just the "legal agreement" (which is notably not called a "custody agreement") having an influence on their lives.
I would also note that in lieu of saying the children's "protection" it now just says their "wellbeing," In the past Angelina had always referred to their "protection" or "safety". It was Brad who had used the term, ""I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids." So protection and safety is no longer a concern? And did Brad have a hand in drafting the statement?
“This is what Brad and Angelina have decided between each other for the children,” the source added. “The agreement is also indefinite, so there is no time frame to it, it is in place until they decide to make a change... This is a good sign, it is the first step. This means one issue is now off the table for them.”
Custody is the only issue the I am aware of that was on the table although we always knew that it was not up to the two of them and that the DCFS would be the one calling the shots.
"This is a good sign, it is the first step." What will be the second?