Angelina Jolie is being asked to give estranged husband Brad Pitt more access to their kids amid the duo’s ongoing divorce negotiations.
Jolie, 43, who has primary physical custody of their six children, has been told by a judge that she must let Pitt, 54, see the kids regularly while she films Maleficent 2 in the UK this summer.
According to court documents obtained by the Superior Court of Los Angeles County determined that ‘not having a relationship with their father’ would be ‘harmful’ to Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine.
The court believes the kids are safe with Pitt and that it’s critical each of the kids have a healthy and strong relationship with both parents.
Eldest child Maddox however will be able to choose how much time he wants with each parent because of his age.
Additionally, the judge laid out a new cellphone policy stating Jolie must provide Pitt with the cell number of each child so he can text or call each of them at will and without Jolie monitoring the conversations.
Jolie and Pitt were ordered to go through a summer schedule over the phone with their children, along with two psychologists.
The Fight Club star will see the minor children in London, where Jolie is renting a house, for 10 days in mid-June where he can spend time with one or two of them for four hours per day.
From June 27 to July 1 he will get the children for 10 hours a day and then in July he will see them from July 8 to 14 for four hours a day.
At the end of July Pitt will be able to see them in Los Angeles for a week from July 21 to 29.
A psychologist must be present while the actor visits the kids in London and he must arrange for them to see their doctors and therapists when they are in LA with him.
He is responsible for returning them back to Jolie in London on July 29, in addition to paying for their transportation. He will have custody again from August 11 until the estranged couple’s next court hearing on August 13.
Jolie can only call once a day when the kids are with the actor.
The court stated that if Jolie fails to comply to the new terms then she risks losing primary custody.
The court went as far to state: ‘If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to Pitt.’
Last month it was reported that Jolie wasn’t happy about the delay in getting approval in bringing her kids over to London with her while she films the second installment of Maleficent.
The couple have been locked in divorce negotiations for months with visitation for Pitt causing the most tension.
‘Brad is opposed to that and is blocking it from happening,’ a source told E! News. Brad will be filming in LA for the summer and wants to see the kids on his regular custody schedule.
He’s not OK with his kids being away for months. He feels that Los Angeles is their home base and this is where it is best for them to be.
The source told the outlet that ‘Angelina has been in London and is free to travel for shorter periods of time,’ as ‘Brad isn’t opposed to that … but she can’t leave with the kids for several months.’
The Moneyball actor and Jolie, sources told Page Six, ‘are figuring out how it would work, but she is not happy’ amid the negotiations.
‘She wants to take the kids to London with her while she’s shooting – and she’s frustrated with the process,’ the source said.
‘They’re talking about how it would work. Even the people around her are getting tired of it.’ Sources told E! News that the rift has ‘dragged on for months,’ is at the heart of ‘why the divorce is not final’ yet nearly two years after Jolie filed.
Jolie and Pitt split in 2016 amid allegations of child abuse against Pitt during an incident aboard a private plane. The Troy star was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.