Angelina Jolie to retain custody of 6 children: Sources

A file picture dated January 2009 shows Brad Pitt with his son Knox (in arms), daughter Zahara (left) as his partner, Angelina Jolie holds their daughter Vivienne and son Maddox and daughter Shiloh upon their arrival at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. PHOTO: EPA

Estranged celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have come to a custody agreement regarding their children, with Jolie to have sole custody of her six children, according to sources.

A statement from Jolie's representative detailing the agreement was released on Monday (Nov 7). Jolie filed for divorce in September, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the break-up, and an attorney said at the time she filed for divorce "for the health of the family".

A representative for the actress said the estranged couple reached a joint agreement, reported The Guardian. The agreement also allows for the six children, aged eight to 15, to continue to have "therapeutic visits" with Pitt.

According to entertainment news website E! News, the representative released the following statement: "We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides 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. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest."

The statement continued: "We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their well being, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."

Pitt allegedly filed for joint custody of the children last Friday (Nov 4) as Jolie had asked for sole custody in September at the time of the divorce announcement.

They later reached a temporary custody agreement in late September for Pitt to visit his children and both sides agreed to meetings with therapists, reported The Guardian.

A representative for Pitt declined comment on the latest development.

The actor has been under Federal Bureau of Investigation investigations since a mid-air altercation on a private aircraft on Sept 14 with son Maddox. He was "verbally abusive" and "physical" while intoxicated with alcohol, according to The Mirror.

The actors were married two years and together for 12 years after becoming closer while filming 2005's Mr & Mrs Smith.

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