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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

If you're one of many Colorado readers who follow Hollywood news, you're likely aware that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are once again making headlines. The two have been in a bitter divorce and child custody battle for some time now. You don't have to be a celebrity to relate to some of the problems this former couple has encountered regarding their post-divorce family situation.  

Child custody is an intensely personal topic; however, in Pitt's and Jolie's case, like many of their film star colleagues, the general public is often aware of such situations. If you're facing a custody dispute and everyone you know is aware of it, it's understandable that it could possibly make your situation even more stressful. 

Child support and child custody often intersect    

If you have evidence that your former spouse is not adhering to an existing court order, you can take steps to rectify the situation if you know your rights and how to protect them in court. The following information shows how these issues have impacted the Pitt/Jolie case in recent weeks:  

  • Jolie filed a petition in court, claiming that Pitt has not been making appropriate child support payments.
  • Her claim states that it has been an ongoing problem for more than a year.
  • Some say Jolie is acting in retaliation against Pitt because she is upset that a judge allowed him to spend more time with their children. 
  • The judge also ordered Jolie to help restore Pitt's relationship with their kids. 
  • To do so, the court ordered that she is to allow Pitt full and unsupervised time through text messaging and cell phone conversations.  

You might not find it surprising that a divorced mother would want to keep track of her children's conversations with their other parent, especially if the relationship between the adults in question were to be contentious. You might be able to imagine how Jolie might feel if a judge were to tell you that you can't inquire about or view any correspondence between your ex and your kids. 

Working toward an agreement 

Keep in mind that resolving child custody and child support problems is often an ongoing process. Life changes, and you may find it necessary to seek modification of an existing court order. While you and your former spouse must adhere to all court orders, you can ask the court to make changes as needed.

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