I wrote previously that while the DCFS investigation was open with a safety plan in place, they could only communicate through their lawyers, and that there may have been additional restrictions on account of the restraining order against Brad.
Angelina hired Laura Wasser on Sept. 16 and Brad hired Lance Spiegel on Sept. 21 or 22. That means the earliest they would be able to communicate under the safety rules was Sept 22, when they both had lawyers. I am assuming their other lawyers, like her entertainment lawyer Robert Offer, would not be involved.
The DCFS ended its investigation on or before Nov. 9. So the safety plan and restraining order and all accompanying restrictions would have been lifted on or before that date.
Her rep released a statement in the evening of Nov 7 stating there was a legal agreement and that it was signed "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." It states further that the agreement was "determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest."
Early morning of the same day, Nov. 7, TMZ ran a story that "Angelina Jolie is ready and willing to fight Brad Pitt in court over the custody of their children and "until he gets his s**t together" she only wants him to have monitored visitation."
You get two very different impressions even though the statement and TMZ are referring to the same custody and visitation arrangement.
The focus of the statement is the welfare of the children:
"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.While TMZ 's emphasis was on a "fight" and Brad's issues.
The statement goes on to say, "We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family..."
While TMZ says, "Our Angelina sources say she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime..."
It appears the story about the arrangement was first given to TMZ but they were very upset with the way TMZ tried to spin it. Since they no longer need to speak through their attorneys and have crisis managers acting as their PRs, they acted swiftly to issue their own statement the same day to set the record straight.
The best way to understand their statement is to view it against TMZ's report to see the points they strongly objected to or wanted to reiterate. The statement makes clear that childcare professionals determined the need for therapeutic visits and it is not something Angelina wants. They both accepted the recommendations so there is nothing to fight over and Brad's problems are not an issue. The only point both TMZ and the statement agree on is on healing or repairing the family, and TMZ put "normal" in quotes to indicate it was not their word choice.
It is worth noting that they felt so strongly about these points that it spurred them to issue their first statement since the petition was filed. Also notable is that in removing Brad's problems as an issue it is, like other recent actions, a defense of Brad.
As a sign of their pique, they did not send TMZ a copy of their statement and TMZ was left to refer to a report from AP.
We don't know how much, or perhaps more appropriately how little, Wasser told her TMZ contact. It appears she did not mention that there was a legal agreement because TMZ later questioned its existence. They initially thought there was no need to reveal that they had signed an agreement. But in the face of stories promoting an impending "fight" or "war", they decided to let people know that Brad's response was just a symbolic gesture to show his children he wanted them back.
They want people to know that supervised visits is not something she wants, there is no fight between them, nor are there issues Brad needs to work on. They have to live apart because childcare professionals decided that the children were not yet ready to live with their father and that they need safeguards to allow them to heal properly. Like Brad's response, the petition is there merely to act as a safeguard. The children's healing is the only issue. They want to keep things calm and quiet as they work with child experts to bring their children back to a normal relationship with their dad.
We can probably safely assume that any future announcement(s) will also come by way of a statement possibly issued first to AP and then to all other outlets. They could be issued by her crisis manager, Judy Smith &/or his crisis manager Matthew Hiltzik. Or her lawyer Robert Offer &/or his manager Cynthia Pett-Dante.
News about their wedding was given to AP
On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the couple confirmed to The Associated Press that they wed Saturday in a private ceremony in Southern France. The representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to be quoted by name, said Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval in the Provence hamlet of Correns.While their engagement was confirmed by Pett-Dante
"Yes, it's confirmed. It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There's no date set at this time. Brad designed the ring." Pitt's manager Cynthia Pett-Dante.And the filing was announced by Robert Offer.