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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Reach Temporary Child-Custody Agreement

How can I establish temporary child custody pending my divorce?

News of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s pending divorce shocked the world and had many wondering how the couple would handle custody of their six children.  Media outlets are reporting that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reached a temporary custody agreement, to last for the next three weeks.  The deal was entered into voluntarily and does not reflect any findings of the court concerning permanent custody. 

Under the temporary agreement, Pitt and Jolie have both agreed to individual counseling.  Pitt additionally offered to submit to drug and alcohol testing.  Jolie will have custody of the children, who range in age from eight to 15, and Pitt will be allowed visitation.  The first visit will include a therapist.  Reports vary as to whether subsequent visits will also require the presence of a therapist.  When the agreement expires, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services will reevaluate the situation.

Temporary Custody Agreements in New York

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, it is important that you consider how your separation from your spouse will affect custody of your children.  Temporary child custody will be a critical issue for many at the time of filing for divorce.  As the name suggests, a temporary child custody order is a child custody agreement that will last only until the divorce or child custody proceeding ends.  Temporary custody is generally ordered to provide the child with stability as the case unfurls.  A temporary custody order can also prevent alienation by one parent of the other or prohibit either parent from moving out of state during the divorce.

You will usually need to request to establish custody while your divorce is pending, as it is not automatic.  You and your soon to be ex-spouse may be able to reach a temporary custody arrangement with the help of your attorneys, or the issue will go to the court.  A judge will consider the best interests of the child in awarding temporary custody.

For assistance with your temporary or permanent custody arrangement, contact the New York City child custody lawyers at Howard B. Leff, P.C.  Our experienced firm understands how stressful conflicts over custody can be.  As such, we will carefully review your situation to seek an agreement beneficial to your entire family.  

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