23 September 2016

Brangelina no more

The internet has almost broken again this week with the news breaking that on 19 September 2016 Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.

The couple have been together for 12 years, they married in 2014 and have six children together.

Jolie has hired infamous Hollywood divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who also represented Johnny Depp in his recent divorce from Amber Heard.  Wasser also acted for Jolie in her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton in 2003.

In the filed divorce papers, Jolie cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakdown of their marriage.

In the United States, each state deals with family law separately and has different laws that apply, Jolie has filed in the state of California.

However, in Australia, family law is dealt with in a federal jurisdiction, with the same legislation applying across the whole of Australia.

As with all other relationship breakdowns, Jolie and Pitt must now attend to separating their finances and putting into place parenting arrangements for their six children.

Brangelina have made millions between them since the start of their relationship, but the biggest battle could end up being over their children.

Reports are now surfacing that Pitt has anger management and substance abuse issues which are affecting him and his care of the children.

When considering parenting arrangements the court will always look at what is in the best interests of the children.  This includes maintaining a meaningful relationship with both parents and protecting the children from harm.

Parents are encouraged to make arrangements that meet the needs of the children.  The court will make decisions based on the unique circumstances of each child and family.

If you would like to discuss your separation please contact our family law team.


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