Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from William Bradley Pitt on Monday, September 19, 2016. They legally married in California on August 14, 2014. The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage would be unremarkable except for the fame of the litigants.
It is a sad day for the family that Angelina and Brad’s effort to reconcile have failed. It tells us a lot that these negotiations failed and Angelina filed a Petition for a contested dissolution of marriage.
Angelina does not ask for alimony and says each party should pay their own attorney fees. She does say each party should have legal custody of the children but requests she have sole physical custody of the children with visitation to Brad. This could lead to a vicious fight in court over how often and where each party sees the children.
The Petition does not request the wife’s former name be restored.
The Petition states the full names and dates of birth of the parties six children, this is unusual in a dissolution as courts protect the privacy of children. As the couple and their children are widely known perhaps the revelation of this information is minor. Our firm uses only the initials and year of birth of children and in Brevard County, Florida the Clerk of Court will redact information regarding children.
A prenuptial agreement may exist which could control the division of the property. It is reported the couple earned $117.5 million since their marriage in 2014. In California a prenuptial agreement cannot address child custody. In Florida a prenuptial agreement can address custody, referred to as time sharing here, but a court can review the agreement to ensure the terms of the prenuptial regarding time sharing are in the best interest of the children.
Brad has 30 days to file a Response to Angelina’s Petition. The Response may crystalize what issues are in dispute between the parties. Brad’s Response may also contain a Counter Petition setting out what he wants out of the divorce regarding custody, visitation, assets and other issues.
If the parties do not settle there could be a lengthy court fight over the children. In such cases the skill of the attorneys in presenting their client’s case will be crucial. There are reports that Brad has already begun forming his team of lawyers.
For those who cannot afford a team of attorneys like Brad Pitt it is important to remember the skill and experience of your family law attorney will have a significant impact on your case. Choose an attorney who has extensive experience trying cases, integrating expert witness testimony, handling complex financial divorces, and working within the rules of the family court.
At our firm we have five attorneys handling family law matters such as divorce, alimony, drafting prenuptials, time sharing, modification of final judgments, adoption, and all other areas of family law. There is more than 120 years of combined legal experience in our firm. Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases and have had 100s of trials among them with one partner with over 25 years experience and another with over 30 years experience. Our attorneys work on cases involving experts and their recommendations on asset division, hidden income, business entities, physical custody and time sharing of children, and more. If your attorney is not prepared to handle your case no matter how complex or simple you may find yourself hiring us to modify your final judgment, to file to set aside your final judgment, or to enforce the terms of a weak agreement.
Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley, LLC. is the largest and most experienced family law and criminal law firm in Brevard County. The firm has been serving the Central Florida area for 40 years. With seven attorneys practicing in many areas of law they are able to serve Brevard County from two offices in Cocoa Village and Melbourne. Areas of law include family, criminal, wills/trusts, probate, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, personal injury, landlord/tenant, general civil matters, elder, guardianships and dependency.