Shared Parenting Law Vs. Brangelina Divorce: Why Co-Parenting May Not Work For Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Following Shocking Divorce Announcement

By KJ Williams, Parent Herald September 21, 06:46 am
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Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend Audi at the opening night gala premiere of 'By the Sea' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
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Earlier this week, the world was shocked when reports about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce run wild on the internet. But while many fans were saddened over the Brangelina marriage fallout, some were curious in what will happen to the custody of their six children. Will Jolie and Pitt agree on the shared parenting concept?

In recent months, shared parenting has been making headlines as various U.S. states enacted their own version of the strongly recommended co-parenting or child custody reform bill. As Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt called it quits, many are wondering if the latest Hollywood divorcing couple will adapt this egalitarian approach to child custody and visitation over their six kids.

Ever since the Brangelina divorce broke out, there have been several speculations regarding the real reason for Jolie and Pitt's failed marriage. One of the reasons cited was the couple's opposing views on parenting, E! News noted.

In a statement shared by Jolie's manager Geyer Kosinski, the best interest of the couple's children was mentioned, sparking the speculations that their parenting methods might be the reason for their separation. As a matter of fact, Pitt told The Telegraph last November that he was more of the disciplinarian compared to soon-to-be ex-wife, Jolie.

Even though high-profile divorces would often end up on nasty battles over wealth and properties, celebrity divorce attorney Neal Hersch revealed that it's not quite the case for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who cited irreconcilable differences on the court documents. The lawyer told CNN the major battle for Brangelina could be over their children: 15-year-old Maddox; 12-year-old Pax; 11-year-old Zahara; 10-year-old Shiloh and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

With that said, will the shared parenting concept work with Jolie and Pitt? Given the fact that the 41-year-old "Maleficent" actress is seeking sole physical custody of their six children while requesting the court to grant visitation rights for Pitt.

In spite of the rumors that a tense and acrimonious child custody battle may ensue, another CNN report revealed an insider close to Pitt and Jolie said the couple is determined to have a cordial separation. Both Pitt and Jolie also stressed the divorce was made for the well-being of their children and for the health of the family.

Meanwhile, shared parenting has been widely encouraged and highly recommended across the United States with Missouri, Utah, Minnesota, South Dakota and Arizona having their own child custody reform law. Although not everyone seemed to agree with the concept especially for high conflict and complex living circumstances, shared parenting remains a better solution for separated parents to have equal rights and responsibilities on their children, The Gazette reported.

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