Brad Pitt's battle for his children might just help him get what he wants. He may win joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie, said a custody expert and lawyer.
It isn't just in Angelina's hands to decide when Brad can see the kids. He has equal paternal rights under the law!
"The law does not allow for Angelina [Jolie] to pick and choose when Brad [Pitt] is a father," custody expert and lawyer Kelly Chang Rickert told Hollywoodlife.com. "She cannot add him and then subtract him; it doesn't work that way. He is a father with as many parental rights as she has."
The 52-year-old actor, who is fighting very hard to get joint custody of his six children, became distraught when he asked that his children's documents be sealed, but was turned down by a judge. He was trying to protect his children from the ugly details of his divorce. However, it is all now public knowledge.
Even though Brad has been cleared by the FBI and the DCFS of child abuse in the September 2016 altercation on their private plane, Angelina went through her attorneys to make the entire family begin getting counselling from a trauma therapist. She is still convinced that the children are traumatized.
Hence, last week, Jolie had requested that they all "participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist, so that they may learn how to best support and interact with their children."
Rickert, who specializes in custody cases, said that Angelina's moves might have been a tactic to prevent joint custody.
"The whole thing about the trauma was a tactic; the best way to move forward is to be normal and have access to the kids and have more therapy regarding what actually happened," said Rickert. "What we do know is this: whatever happened on the plane was not enough for DCFS or the FBI to do anything; it was dismissed. One instance or whatever it was does not make a pattern of behavior regarding child abuse."
The fact was repeated by trauma expert and psychologist Dr. Steve Ornstein. He too said that Angelina might be using tactics only to get Brad Pitt into a bad situation.