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Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Are Finally Taking Their Custody Battle To Court

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Once one of Hollywood's most popular "power couples," Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally ready to go their separate ways as their two year-long divorce proceeding enters its final chapter next month.

But Brangelina are reportedly still at odds over who will walk away from their trial with custody of their six children.

And it seems unlikely these feuding exes will see eye-to-eye before their custody trial begins.

A Date For Brangelina's Custody Trial

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The couple were only married for two years before their separation began.Georges Biard - Wikimedia

It's been more than two years since Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, citing "the health of the family" as her reason for the split.

At the time, Pitt said he was "saddened" by the breakup, "but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids."

Pitt was also investigated soon after the divorce proceedings began for allegedly fighting with his oldest son, Maddox, on board a private flight during a family trip.

But investigations from both the Department of Child and Family Services and the FBI cleared the actor of any wrongdoing.

The couple have six children together between the ages of 10 and 17, and have publicly clashed over visitation and custody agreements since their separation.

Their six children are: 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, 12-year-old Shiloh, 13-year-old Zahara, 14-year-old Pax and 16-year-old Maddox.

Now, CNN reports that the couple will finally go to court to finalize their divorce, with their trial date set for December 4.

Despite the trial date, and the couple's public feuding, People claims there's still a chance for the pair to settle their differences outside of court.

The magazine reports that "multiple sources tell People both sides are working toward an out-of-court settlement to arrange custody of their children without going to trial."

What's At Stake?

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Jolie is fighting to keep sole custody of her children.Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Since their separation in 2016, Pitt and Jolie have never been able to reach an agreement about custody of their children. A court case next month would finally settle the matter.

So far, Jolie has been seeking sole custody of her children while Pitt is requesting joint custody. As of now, Jolie has the primary custody of the children while Pitt only has supervised visits.

A court ruling earlier this year actually ordered Jolie to give Pitt more access to their children, and threatened Jolie with losing custody of the children if she didn't play nice with Pitt.

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Pitt hopes to share joint custody with Jolie.Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Wikimedia

The court order gave the actor more time with his five youngest children, while 16-year-old Maddox was allowed to decide for himself how often he would see his father.

"It is critical that each of [the six] children have a healthy and strong relationship with their father and mother," the order read.

In August, Jolie fired back with claims that Pitt had not paid her "meaningful child support" since their separation began, but Pitt says he loaned the actress more than $9 million dollars to buy a home and pay bills since their split.

He called his ex-wife's accusations "a thinly veiled effort to manipulate media coverage."

"No one wins in court - it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse."

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Along with custody of their six children, the couple will divide their shared property during the upcoming trial.Foreign and Commonwealth Office / SpreePix - Wikimedia

While Pitt and Jolie have never been able to work through their divorce in private, they seem to agree that an ugly court case is not in their family's best interest.

Pitt already shared that he was hoping to avoid just this outcome, in a 2017 interview with GQ Style.

"I heard one lawyer say, 'No one wins in court - it's just a matter of who gets hurt worse,'" he explained.

"And it seems to be true. You spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you're right and why they're wrong, and it's just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately my partner in this agrees."

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Even if the Jolie-Pitt case goes to trial, it will almost definitely not be broadcast on television.Visitor7 - Wikimedia

Jolie also seemed more optimistic about her separation when she spoke with Vanity Fair in 2017:

"We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal," she told the magazine.

Custody of their six children is also not the only thing on the line for Jolie and Pitt in their upcoming trial.

Since the couple have no prenup, the case will also settle ownership of their shared property, which could be painful for one half of the couple.

And if the trial does go ahead next month, don't expect to be glued to your TV for the entire proceedings.

Most California Family Court cases are open to the public, but the judge can close the trial at the request of either party.

Jolie and Pitt will also probably opt not to settle things at a courthouse, and will probably have their case decided in a law office or conference center instead.

[H/T: CNN, People]

What do you make of this custody case? Hopefully both parents can settle on the best result for their children.

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