Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally reached an agreement over the custody of their six children.
The former Hollywood power couple, who are parents to Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, had been locked in bitter negotiations for two years.
"A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge," Angelina’s lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean said in a statement on Friday.
"The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pictured in 2014
Brad, 54, and 43-year-old Angelina, once one of Hollywood’s most glamorous couples, separated in September 2016 after a more than 10-year romance and two-year marriage.
Angelina, who filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, had been seeking primary custody of their six children, three of whom are the couple’s biological children and three of whom are adopted.
Friday’s statement did not say how custody would be divided, and the star’s spokesperson declined to give details.
Brad and Angelina with Shiloh, Vivienne, Maddox, Knox and Zahara
(Image: Rex Features)
A trial date in the custody case had been tentatively set for December 4 before a private judge in Los Angeles.
A source close to Angelina said that she "is very pleased to be entering the next stage and relieved with progress for the health of their family," reports Reuters.
A trial date in the custody case had been tentatively set for December 4
The 2016 divorce filing triggered a bitter custody dispute during which Pitt was investigated and cleared of child abuse, and both sides accused each other of trying to manipulate media coverage in their favour.
The couple have yet to reach a final divorce settlement.
The Moneyballl actor and Maleficent star began dating in late 2005 and married in 2014.
Representatives for Brad had no immediate comment.
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