The key lines in TMZ's latest report are:
Our Angelina sources say she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime, but until then she will fight hard for sole physical custody. She believes Brad has substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed.and
"until he gets his s**t together" she only wants him to have monitored visitation
DCFS - LA FAQ
If the Juvenile Division decides that it is necessary to remove a child from the home, several possibilities exist:
"DCFS is satisfied that the children are not in any danger with either of the parties, DCFS would then close their investigation.”
The DCFS would close when they are convinced that the children are no longer in danger because the main causes of the problem - Brad's substance abuse and anger issues are being addressed.
Until the DCFS closes the investigation, Angelina needs to be seen as unwavering in her loyalty to the children. She cannot be seen as being torn between her husband and her children because she needs to assure the DCFS that she will defend her children if they are in danger from him. That is why the guidelines specify that the child may be placed with the other parent, if they are separated or divorced.
But "she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime."
A "healed" family and a "repaired" family are the opposite of a "broken" family -- which is what you have in a divorce.
"so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime"
In other words, she wants them to go back to the family life they had before the problems started.
There is nothing in the TMZ report that disagrees with what I've been saying. In fact, I think it reinforces it. She isn't fighting for permanent sole custody, only "until he gets his s**t together."
What is notable is that it twice mentions that "she wants the visits monitored" which likely means the therapist strongly feels the children are not yet ready to be alone with Brad.
This really isn't surprising since "some of the children have been fearful around Brad, and Maddox in particular has problems with his dad" and "during the meeting Brad had with Maddox (on Oct. 19), the meeting ended quickly because Maddox didn't want to be there." Recall that before that meeting "There had been a plan in place for Brad and Maddox to reunite a while back, but we're told the therapist felt the timing wasn't right."
The therapist clearly wants to proceed cautiously to make sure the children are ready.
So we aren't just waiting for the the DCFS to finish interviewing everyone regarding past incidents involving Brad, or for Brad to finish his treatments. We are more importantly waiting for the children to heal to the point that they can have unmonitored visits with their dad. And I think this is the key issue right now. They can speed up the interviews and Brad can sign up for intensive rehab but healing goes at its own pace. I suspect there may have been some "advisory" from the DCFS earlier on this.
Every report they issue has a purpose. TMZ's latest serves to reassure us that the ultimate goal is the same: for them to get back together and resume their normal life as a family. She wants us to know that nothing has changed after Brad filed his response.
But she also wants us to know that the children are still not ready to have unmonitored visits with Brad. That they are healing slowly. And perhaps Brad still needs further treatment for his substance abuse and anger issues.
These issues are still holding up a family reunion.
But they will ultimately get there.