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Angeline Jolie not immune to child custody problems

Even parents who are on the same page regarding child rearing might struggle with custody matters during a divorce. When New York parents do not see eye to eye, reaching a child custody agreement that is in the children's best interests can be even more difficult. The actors Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt are no exception to this.

Jolie initially filed divorce papers in Sept. 2016. Their divorce has yet to be finalized and they are still trying to figure out a custody arrangement that will work best for all six of their children. Since 2016, five of the children traveled internationally with their mother. Recently, at least two of her children joined Jolie in London.

It is possible that those two children may soon return to the states, as Pitt requested that Jolie no longer travel internationally with the children until their custody arrangement is set. Jolie apparently prefers to bring her children with her while she works. It is unclear how she will handle this hurdle with her upcoming filming schedule, which is set to keep her in London for several months. It is unclear why Pitt made this request.

Whether one parent is an international jet-setter or gearing up to move across state lines, traveling with children during or after a divorce is complicated. New York family law places a great deal of emphasis on children's well-being, and it is possible that a parent's wishes might not fall in line with the best interests of their kids. To avoid confusion, parents should be certain that they understand what their child's best interests are and how to protect those interests through a clear child custody agreement.

Source: Vanity Fair, "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce Hits a Custody Dispute", Hilary Weaver, May 24, 2018

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