Thanks to Louisa, Melody Harmony, and Pride & Joy for the links to the info and photos.
Court documents filed earlier were just made available to the public and the Declaration of Dr. Stan Katz regarding his qualifications, was posted online. There is a one month lag in the availability of documents that are not otherwise sealed. Dr. Katz signed the declaration on Jan. 20 but it was stamped filed in court Jan. 25 and appeared in the Case Summary Feb 2. It may have been handed to Judge Ouderkirk on Jan. 20. Dr. Katz indicated that he was appointed by the court Jan. 9. That means that the documents Angelina lodged on Jan. 9 included an RFO to appoint minors' counsel as well as to appoint a custody evaluator -- and Judge Ouderkirk granted those requests the same day.
Dr. Katz began his custody evaluation on or after Jan 20, the date when he signed his declaration.
The custody evaluation report will provide recommendations that are based on the professional judgment of the child custody evaluator regarding a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child(ren).Brad's team moved swiftly on 2/1 to deny a substance abuse story just hours after it appeared because Dr. Katz was in the midst of his evaluation. Having had an alcohol abuse problem in the past is already a point against him, he didn't want Dr. Katz to think it was still a problem. Among other things, Brad needs the minors counsel to convey to the evaluator the children's desire to live with both parents as a counterweight to the points against him contained in both the DCFS and court files. As previously noted, his attempts to ignore the therapists recommendations which were in his children's best interests despite agreeing to be legally bound by the custody stipulation is a big point against him.
What is included in a limited child custody evaluation?
- Interviews with the parents.
- Interviews with the child(ren).
- A criminal records check
- A Child Protective Services check.
- Contact with collateral sources such as School Teachers, Counselors, or Employers.
Given everything that we know of what has been filed and the sequence of filings, I believe the Request filed on 1/17 is likely to set aside the Custody Stipulation. And given the speed with which Judge Ouderkirk acted on their previous requests, I believe the Order entered that day granted the request. Both were filed ahead of Dr. Katz's declaration but were evidently sealed from the public. The request to set aside the Custody Stipulation would contain highly sensitive information including declarations from the therapists.
As to the Stipulation & Order that was filed 1/31, I've already noted that the previous times that a S&O was filed by itself and filed jointly were to appoint Judge Ouderkirk and to have the case taken off the court's Calendar. The purpose of filing a Stipulation & Order is to request an Order from the court. The Custody Stipulation which they executed on October 26 was "filed by Petitioner" on Dec. 2 so that it could become a court Order and be enforced by the court. As noted previously, Judge Ouderkirk does not have the power to enforce agreements. The S&O they filed on 1/31 is their joint request for an Order, and that Order should be as simple and routine as the other two.
It looks like they've filed everything they need to file so they don't need to return to L.A. to sign any other documents. They and the judge may just be waiting for Dr. Katz's report.
It will be 60 days since Dr. Katz's appointment on March 10.
The judge would would give the most weight to recommendations by the children's therapists since they've been intimately involved from the start and know the children, their feelings and the family situation best. While Dr. Katz would take note of the points against Brad, he would also note current family dynamics and the wishes of the children. They should therefore be in total agreement that it is in the children's best interest that the court support keeping the family together.
Based on past activity, it may take around 9 days for any action taken by Judge Ouderkirk to show up in the Summary. The S&O filed Jan. 31 could be released to the public by March 2 unless it was filed under seal. Those are the dates they would keep an eye on if they intend to issue a statement before court filings could be made available to the public. The first official photo of the Mon Guerlain campaign displays her wedding ring front and center and while it hasn't been widely distributed yet, it will surely provoke interest.
Documents Filed (Filing dates listed in descending order)
01/31/2017 Stipulation & Order - with Request for Dismissal?
01/25/2017 Declaration (filed by Stan J. Katz, Ph.D. )
01/17/2017 Order - sets aside the Custody Stipulation?
01/17/2017 Request - to set aside the Custody Stipulation?
01/09/2017 Stipulation & Order (Honorable John W. Ouderkirk (Ret) )
01/09/2017 Miscellaneous (conditionally sealed record. )
Filed by Petitioner
Filed by Petitioner
01/09/2017 Stipulation & Order
12/02/2016 Stipulation & Order
Filed by Petitioner
They may have left Cambodia after the last big public screening. They could take a break for a few days before heading to Europe. The Mon Guerlain launch is apparently a huge event for the company and she may be asked to appear with executives from Guerlain and LVMH at some point. If Angelina will be in Geneva on March 15, they could stay on in Europe. Miraval and London are just a quick hop away.
I would think they would want to retain control and not give the first shot of the whole family freely to the paparazzi. The question is which event wouldn't mind being relegated to a sideshow and would welcome the extra publicity.
As Melody Harmony noted, the assistant who accompanied Brad during his Allied tour and accompanied Angelina shopping the other day had a messenger bag that looks almost identical to the bag Brad has (photo below left) and is of the style that he often uses. It is unlikely that Brad would gift their assistant with a bag identical to his since they could easily swap bags by mistake. Further, bodyguards do not normally go around encumbered by bags unless they are using them to carry necessary protection equipment because bags would hinder their movement. Since their bodyguards do not routinely carry bags, it's unlikely that this bag has necessary protection equipment. Given the above and the fact that the bag is identical in make and style to Brad's, it is reasonable to assume that the bag carried by the assistant belongs to Brad.
The Graduate Institute Geneva
Wednesday 15 March 2017, 18:30 - 20:00Assembly Hall
With the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation
Palais des Nations, Geneva
In her role as UNHCR Special Envoy, world-leading actress Angelina Jolie has spent fifteen years advocating on refugees’ behalf. Organised by the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation and the Graduate Institute, to honour the memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, and hosted by the United Nations Office at Geneva.
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Guerlain is proud to support Angelina Jolie’s premiere of her film "First They Killed My Father" in Cambodia. Credit @Guardian pic.twitter.com/gSF1yKRNsU— Guerlain (@Guerlain) February 18, 2017