Wednesday, December 7, 2016




Random Fuzzy


It would be nice to get hold of the actual filings since it is clear this request has nothing to do with the S&O and everything to do with a possible plan of Brad's to have unsupervised visits before the therapist thinks the time is right.

I wrote earlier that Angelina may have been motivated to file the S&O to make it clear that she was not keeping Brad from the children, but that may have been just been a bonus. Even though TMZ is still intent on trashing her, it always includes something legitimately from her side probably as a defense against a  potential lawsuit.  And they wrote this earlier:
Several sources say Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children. We're told Angelina is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits ... once the therapist signs off.
This is from the latest TMZ report after the ruling
We're told Angelina felt it necessary to file the docs in order to have the court enforce the terms -- specifically the part about letting a therapist make the call on when Brad can start having unmonitored visits.
In docs, Angelina's lawyer says Brad's effort to seal the whole case isn't so much about protecting the children -- as his side has claimed -- but more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations."
Sources connected to the case tell us Brad has been trying to "push past the process." As one source put it, he was acting like a "celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants" ... and after the DCFS investigation cleared him of criminal wrongdoing, what he wanted was to have solo time with the children.
Our Brad sources deny he's made any effort to change the temporary custody deal.
We're told Angelina also wants the whole case to remain private -- as long as Brad sticks to the custody arrangement they both signed off on months ago.


From ET

Spiegel writes that he and Wasser discussed custody proposals the week of Nov. 28, before Jolie publicly filed the papers ... "Based on Ms. Wasser's email dated Dec. 2, the unauthorized filing of the October Stipulation was caused by [Jolie's] reaction to having advised her counsel that [Pitt's] time with the children be increased," Spiegel's declaration reads. "There is an inescapable inference that the filing was in response to my having broached the subject of increasing [Pitt's] access to the children."
A separate source confirms that Pitt was requesting more time with the children outside of the agreed-upon process. "Brad was attempting to set up his own schedule with the children," the source tells ET. "He was not relying on the advice of the healthcare professionals of what should be done. In order to keep everything in line with the custody agreement, it had to be reinforced in court. Therefore, that forced Angelina's side to file it within the courts."

The source adds, "As the document states, their custody agreement was already legally binding -- the only reason to formally file it with a court would be to enforce the agreement because one of the parties was trying to change it and that is what was happening."

"There have been many reports that Jolie wants to keep these documents public to make Brad look bad, that is false," the source also clarifies. "Jolie's team is not opposed to sealing the documents."


There have been many hints that he was itching to speed up the process from the many quotes from friends about how he wants to see more of his children.  He may have wanted to push his way past the therapist in order to spend Christmas with his kids whether or not they wish to. 

From USA Today
Peter Walzer, a Los Angeles divorce attorney who has handled celeb divorces, said the purpose of such a filing would be to get a court order in case either party wants to change the custody agreement.
"If it's just an agreement it’s not enforceable without a court order," Walzer says. "Monitored visitation is a super-serious deal and it needs to be part of the court record and (under) court supervision and enforcement in case there is a violation (of the agreement)."

He likely wants to avoid a repeat of Thanksgiving.  But if the visits continue to go well and with additional family therapy he can still spend Christmas with them while sticking to the process.

As I wrote earlier, Brad isn't going to get far without Angelina's help and support because the children trust her and they know she will protect them.  He cannot force them to trust him and to act like the plane ride never happened however remorseful he may be.  It's a lack of understanding of human and in particular child psychology from someone who is used to having his way.  But his way will only set him back.

Angelina is like a parent with a big spoiled child who won't listen to her. If Brad had not pushed, the S&O would not have been filed, and if he had not tried to spring a surprise emergency hearing, the details of his attempts to push wouldn't have come to light.


The words from Wasser above that "Brad's effort to seal the whole case... more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations." and the line below from an earlier People report may be thinly veiled warnings that he should stop trying to push:
“Of course Angelina does want to keep things private. That’s why details of what really happened on the plane have not been made public.


People wrote
"Laura Wasser, Jolie’s attorney, says the actress does not oppose sealing documents to prevent details from becoming public, but that Pitt’s team didn’t consult with them before their hearing, which is why she opposed it at this time."   
"Wasser, confirmed to E! News that they "won" as a judge denied Brad's request for an emergency hearing."
Spiegel tells E!
Pitt can still win his motion. He explained that the judge did not see Brad's request as an "emergency action" but did not deny the request to seal the documents. Rather, the hearing has been scheduled for January, and Pitt still has a chance to make them private.


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Sealing all documents and proceedings means TMZ and others will no longer be able to snoop around and get any whiff of what they're doing before they are ready to make an announcement.  This would have been bad news for TMZ because it will lose the edge it had over other sites since they've always been able to get early word of court filings. 

Brad has evidently been making progress and they may be close to amending key parts of the agreement but they MUST wait for the therapist's recommendations.  It appears they will soon be focusing on family therapy. 


-- Fussy


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Various Reports below

ET
Brad Pitt requested an emergency hearing to seal all documents related to his custody case with his ex, Angelina Jolie, but was denied by a judge on Wednesday.

Pitt's attorney, Lance Spiegel, was in court on Wednesday, as was Jolie's attorney, Laura Wasser. The judge denied the emergency hearing on the motion to seal the documents, since he didn't think the issue warranted an emergency hearing. Wasser appeared happy following the decision, telling ET outside the courtroom, "We won."

A source tells ET that Pitt filed the motion to seal the documents following the release of the family agreement "because he wants to keep this custody battle out of the public eye to protect his children." "Privacy is beneficial to the entire family," the source adds.

But court documents obtained by ET on Wednesday also reveal more on Pitt and Jolie's custody battle. Pitt's court declaration states that the two have been unable to agree on a custody schedule, and that Pitt intends to "file a Request for Orders unless an agreement is reached."
Spiegel writes that he and Wasser discussed custody proposals the week of Nov. 28, before Jolie publicly filed the papers ... "Based on Ms. Wasser's email dated Dec. 2, the unauthorized filing of the October Stipulation was caused by [Jolie's] reaction to having advised her counsel that [Pitt's] time with the children be increased," Spiegel's declaration reads. "There is an inescapable inference that the filing was in response to my having broached the subject of increasing [Pitt's] access to the children."

A separate source confirms that Pitt was requesting more time with the children outside of the agreed-upon process. "Brad was attempting to set up his own schedule with the children," the source tells ET. "He was not relying on the advice of the healthcare professionals of what should be done. In order to keep everything in line with the custody agreement, it had to be reinforced in court. Therefore, that forced Angelina's side to file it within the courts."

The source adds, "As the document states, their custody agreement was already legally binding -- the only reason to formally file it with a court would be to enforce the agreement because one of the parties was trying to change it and that is what was happening."

"There have been many reports that Jolie wants to keep these documents public to make Brad look bad, that is false," the source also clarifies. "Jolie's team is not opposed to sealing the documents."

Judge refuses Brad Pitt's request to seal custody filings 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about custody arrangements in his divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt.
Los Angeles Superior Court Richard J. Burdge Jr. denied Pitt's request in a brief written order that states the filing did not meet the requirements for sealing details at this time. Pitt had sought to seal details of his custody dispute with Jolie Pitt at an emergency hearing, but Burdge declined to hear the petition on an expedited basis.
Pitt's motion came two days after the release of a custody agreement that he and his estranged wife reached in late October. The agreement calls for the actor to have visitation with his children under the guidance of a therapist.
Pitt intends to seek temporary custody orders soon, and his filing states that he wanted those documents sealed to protect the children's privacy. He was also seeking the sealing of any custody-related filings.
"I am extremely concerned that if court records regarding custody are not sealed, information contained therein will cause irreparable damage to our children's privacy rights," Pitt wrote in a sworn declaration filed Wednesday.
Pitt's attorney Gary Fishbein declined comment after the hearing.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September and currently has primary custody of their six children.
Her attorneys wrote in court filings Wednesday that Pitt's request was an attempt to shield himself from embarrassing details when he seeks increased visitation with his children, stating that is contrary to a therapist's recommendation.
"His ... request is a thinly veiled attempt to shield himself, rather than the minor children, from public view," Jolie Pitt's attorneys wrote.
The divorce filing came days after a disagreement broke out on private flight ferrying the actors and their children from France to Los Angeles. Pitt was accused of being abusive toward his 15-year-old son during the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed against the actor.
After filing for divorce, Jolie Pitt's attorney said it was done "for the health of the family."
Custody has been the primary issue in the divorce.  Jolie Pitt is seeking sole custody of the children, while Pitt is seeking joint custody. A final agreement will be part of the couple's divorce judgment when it is entered.
California law favors joint custody, although details about custody arrangements are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.
Jolie Pitt's attorney Laura Wasser said the actress does not oppose sealing details of the pair's custody arrangements, but Pitt's attorneys did not consult with them before filing the motion Wednesday.
Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
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Access:

A judge on Wednesday rejected Brad Pitt's request to seal details about custody arrangements in his divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt.
Los Angeles Superior Court Richard J. Burdge Jr. denied Pitt's request in a brief written order that states the filing did not meet the requirements for sealing details at this time. Pitt had sought to seal details of his custody dispute with Jolie Pitt at an emergency hearing, but Burdge declined to hear the petition on an expedited basis.
Pitt's motion came two days after the release of a custody agreement that he and his estranged wife reached in late October. The agreement calls for the actor to have visitation with his children under the guidance of a therapist.
Pitt's attorney Gary Fishbein declined comment after the hearing.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September and currently has primary custody of their six children.  The divorce filing came days after a disagreement broke out on private flight ferrying the actors and their children from France to Los Angeles. Pitt was accused of being abusive toward his 15-year-old son during the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed against the actor. After filing for divorce, Jolie Pitt's attorney said it was done "for the health of the family."
Jolie Pitt's attorney Laura Wasser said the actress does not oppose sealing details of the pair's custody arrangements, but Pitt's attorneys did not consult with them before filing the motion Wednesday.


E!

The actor's attorney, Lance Spiegel,  confirmed to E! News that Pitt had moved to keep all matters regarding the former couple's divorce as well as the information about their six underaged children—Shiloh Jolie Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt and Pax Jolie-Pitt—private as their legal battle continues.

On Wednesday, the A-listers' attorneys met in court regarding the filing. Jolie's attorney, Laura Wasser, confirmed to E! News that they "won" as a judge denied Brad's request for an emergency hearing.
However, Spiegel tells us Pitt can still win his motion. He explained that the judge did not see Brad's request as an "emergency action" but did not deny the request to seal the documents. Rather, the hearing has been scheduled for January, and Pitt still has a chance to make them private.



Quotes the appeared in People before the ruling
Angelina has consistently made public statements and public filings throughout this process. He has not,” says the source. “All he is saying—and any therapist would agree here—is that he wants to do what is in the best interests of his children, and his entire family, including her, frankly. And that is to keep this private. It is inconceivable why anyone would argue against this being private. What is the argument for having it public? Why would you want any details about this incredibly difficult time to be broadcast to the whole world?”

But a second source stresses that the family’s privacy, including Pitt’s, remains a priority for Jolie.
“Of course Angelina does want to keep things private. That’s why details of what really happened on the plane have not been made public.”


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4 comments:

  1. Fussy, why would a judge deny the right to have the doc sealed? Isn't sealing them what's best for the family?

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  2. and something told me he was trying to make changes to the agreement. Jolie would have never filed it she's not a vengeful person.

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  3. Angie has 7 children and the eldest, her 52-year old boy is the most stubborn. God bless the Jolie Pitt. LOL.

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  4. Brad spent most of November promoting Allied, where he made time to fulfill what they agreed upon. Angelina only did what the agreement itself stipulated, if one of the parties did not meet either of them could formalize that agreement.

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