The estranged couple have announced that they'll be keeping their court documents confidential
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have released their first joint statement since confirming their split in September.
In this, the estranged couple agree to keep all court documents involving their divorce private in order to protect their six children.
Released to the Associated Press, it reads: ‘The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues.
‘The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.’
There have been a number of surprising updates since Brangelina’s break-up, including a reported investigation by the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegations of ‘abuse’.
According to PEOPLE, it was Brad who asked an LA Superior Court judge to seal all records. A report states that the 53-year-old accused his former wife of compromising their kids’ privacy by releasing details to the media through public court filings.
Angelina, 41, strongly disputes his claims, instead alleging in court documents that the actor only made the accusations out of fear, because he is ‘terrified that the public will learn the truth’.
The documents allegedly state: ‘There is little doubt that [Brad] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse.’
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However, a source said to be close to the situation has underlined the fact that Brad was cleared in every case.
Angelina and Brad are currently following an informal custody arrangement, in which Jolie retains physical custody and Pitt is given supervised visits.