How Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Hit a Standstill in Custody Agreement

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s custody battle has come to a standstill.

On Wednesday, Pitt’s court declaration stated that the two have been unable to agree on a custody schedule, and that Pitt intends to “file a Request for Orders to establish a schedule unless an agreement is reached.”

Now, ET has obtained new court documents, which reveal detailed email conversations between Pitt’s attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie’s attorney, Laura Wasser, that give insight into how things got to where they are now.

Starting all the way back at the beginning, when Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt on Sept. 19, until now, when Pitt was denied an emergency hearing to seal documents regarding custody issues to prevent public dissemination of sensitive information and to protect the children’s privacy, ET’s breaking down the full timeline of events as to why the parties have not been able to reach a custody schedule agreement.

Sept. 19: Jolie files for divorce from Pitt after two years of marriage.

In her dissolution of marriage filing, Jolie cited irreconcilable differences and asked for joint legal custody and sole physical custody of their six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.

Oct. 26: Pitt and Jolie sign a temporary child custody agreement.

According to court documents, Pitt and Jolie were not planning to formally file this “October Stipulation” in court, “unless necessary for enforcement purposes.” The agreement was voluntary and included a DCFS safety plan — also known as a structured decision making (SDM) safety plan — which is standard practice in any ongoing child welfare investigation.

At the time, Jolie and Pitt each volunteered to participate in individual counseling. Pitt also agreed to undergo drug and alcohol testing, though he was not required to, sources previously explained to ET. The agreement provided temporary orders regarding counseling, but it did not, however, purport to address the issues of custodial time for Pitt outside of counseling.

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