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The legal agreement that was announced yesterday was apparently put in place as the DCFS investigation is about to close but the children are still not yet ready to live with their father. I had long speculated that once the DCFS closed its investigation, it would mean that the children were no longer in danger and they were free to move back together. But given that "therapeutic visitations" have been advised by childcare professionals and could continue "indefinitely," we now have no clue when that will be.
But the fact that the investigation is closing should provide some level of relief for both of them and ease the restrictions now in place.
Recall that even last month Angelina sounded weary: "Sources tell us Angelina was cooperative but her endgame is for the whole thing to just go away." For Brad this will be a HUGE relief and knowing that it's imminent is probably why he has apparently reemerged from hiding. (Thanks to Guest and Bianca Rosa for posting links to the photo).
Just a little piece of advice: Lainey is a rabble rouser. She likes to stir things up to get people to react. That's her job. It's what her site needs. When she's in that mode just ignore.
The statement yesterday said:
We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."
"all sides are committed to healing the family" -- Let's now see how they go about doing this.
Fiorella asked if Brad's response meant he wanted a divorce since the DCFS investigation is about to close. If Brad wanted a divorce, he should have just not responded and asked Angelina to seek a default judgement since they already had a custody plan in place that will continue "indefinitely." A default judgement would have been the fastest and easiest way for them to get a divorce.
Brad is just the respondent, Angelina as the petitioner is the one who is presumed to want a divorce.
And if he was worried about losing custody he would not have waited until two weeks AFTER he was in default to file. But the fact is, even before he filed, they already had a legally binding agreement that was "determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest" and regardless of what box he checked in the response, a divorce judge will just reaffirm that agreement.
But it had been noted that "The agreement has not been filed in the couple's divorce." So if Angelina really wanted sole custody she has had two opportunities for it 1) while Brad was in default and 2) by asking the divorce judge to reaffirm this agreement. But she is apparently not interested in taking advantage of either opportunity. The obvious conclusion just from her actions is that she doesn't really want sole custody. And of course we have her words to back this up as well.
But what is more important is, she has given every indication that the divorce filing is merely a tool for the children's protection.
Going back to Brad's response. Clearly he didn't file expecting to get joint custody because he knew no judge would award him joint custody against the agreement -- so why then did he file? If it wasn't for the DCFS investigation what other reason? Perhaps as a statement to his kids that he wanted to have them? That he would have "fought" for them whether he won or lost? He is after all trying to win them back and convince them that he loves them despite how abominably he may have behaved towards them. He responded late but maybe he just wanted it on record.
And again this is assuming Angelina will really push this divorce through. And you probably already know that I don't believe that is her intent. As the petitioner, its fate is still in her hands. She filed and only she can ask to have it dismissed.
Some of you are concerned that Brad's reemergence is a sign that he has moved on from his family. I honestly don't see how one can draw that conclusion.
It's been almost 2 months that he has been virtually in hiding, prohibited from directly contacting his family, having random drug tests, and having less than a handful of closely monitored visits with his children. Just imagine being in that situation. It would have been agonizing. Yes, he is the offending party, but still. Even Angelina said she didn't want him "punished."
The fact that he remained out of sight all this time can be read as his commitment to his "family situation."
Brad already passed up on Voyage of Time. But now the DCFS investigation may be about to end. He and Angelina have worked with the childcare professionals on a custody agreement that extends indefinitely and should remove any concern the DCFS may have about their children's safety. A measure of normalcy should start to return to their lives. He and Angelina have finally been able to speak directly.
I think its time he resume his work commitments. And the same for Angelina.
So Brad has loved Angelina for 12+ years, he said:
And I’m surprised how much our history – Angie’s and mine – means to me. That we have this story together. That we know each other. That we watch each other getting older, through amazing moments, joys, pains.’
He was "blindsided" by her filing, he let it be known that he still loved her, was "devastated" and was publicly pleading with her to give him another chance. Even after the abuse investigation leaked and he was angry because he thought her side leaked it his "friends" said "the actor has nothing negative to say about Jolie and continues to have a huge amount of respect for the mother of his children." He allowed himself to be in default for two weeks -- clearly trusting her. He is trusting her again by agreeing to an open-ended custody agreement.
And there are those who think he doesn't love her anymore because he is promoting a movie he produced that may be an Oscar contender and another that he is starring in?
I fail to follow.
Like I said above, Angelina is in control of this situation. She filed for divorce. When I first read it I didn't think there was anything odd that it was her rep issuing the statement. But gossip and news sites alike like to sow intrigue. If Brad's rep had been the one who issued the statement I would not be concerned if her rep was silent.
I think they can issue a joint statement when everything is settled and their family has "healed"
I am happy that they've apparently moved away from TMZ. I never liked their tabloid writing style. When you're dealing with sensitive matters getting it straight out through Judy Smith is the right way.
MPAA just released the rating for Allied:
|Par.||11/23/16||R||violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use|