What The New Ruling Means In The Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Custody Case

The custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie just heated up, with a judge ordering new restrictions for Jolie’s involvement in Pitt’s interaction with their children

According to court documents, Jolie risks losing primary custody of their children she and Pitt share if she doesn’t take the necessary steps to improve the relationship between the kids and their father.

A judge in the couple’s ongoing divorce case said in the documents that “it is critical that each of [the six] children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother,” according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Jolie must allow Pitt to maintain and repair the relationship with their children. However the new restrictions don’t apply to his eldest son, Maddox, as he is old enough to decide for himself how much he wants to spend time with his father.

The judge also outlined specific steps Jolie should take to help Pitt have access to the children. The instructions include a detailed summer visitation schedule, as well as phone access between Pitt and each of the kids, without monitoring or interference from Jolie.

Pitt is currently visiting London thanks to a court-mandated schedule that allows him to spend time with his children, who live full-time with mom Angelina Jolie as she films Maleficent 2 in the U.K. Pitt will soon begin filming his latest movie, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The court laid out a detailed plan for how many hours per day Pitt, 54, will spend with each child through July 29. Pitt will be allowed to decide whether the kids stay at his house in their former family home in L.A. Jolie would only be allowed to call once a day at a specific time while the kids are with Pitt.

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A judge involved in the couple’s divorce proceedings stated it’s “critical” for the kids to have a “healthy and strong relationship with their father”, and that Jolie could lose full custody if her kids are prevented from bonding with their father.

A spokesperson for Jolie slammed the release of the court papers, calling the leak “deplorable.”

“This misleading leak is not in the best interests of the children,” the representative said in a statement. “From the start, Angelina has been focused only on their health and needs, which is why it was so important that this last court hearing be conducted privately. It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.”

Hopefully they can get it all resolved.

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