Brad Pitt, along with Angelina Jolie, is given custody of children

In a preliminary ruling by a California judge, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has been given joint custody of his children with his ex-wife and Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie, as reported by the BBC. The report states that the ruling will “significantly extend” Pitt’s time with his children. According to page six, this ruling is a “preliminary decision”.

A previous AP report reported that Jolie is unhappy with Judge John Ouderkirk as he has refused to let the children testify for themselves. She also tried to disqualify the judge by saying that “he refused to hear evidence she believes is relevant to the safety and welfare of the children before issuing a preliminary ruling,” according to The Associated Press.

The same report also stated that if Judge Ouderkirk’s preliminary decision is made final, Jolie will appeal it.

Pitt and Jolie are parents to Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. The elder Maddox is not subject to the guardianship order. Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and the couple have since been engaged in a custody lawsuit.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt started dating in 2005 and got married in 2014.

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