Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Brad Pitt's pals come to his defense: He's no deadbeat dad

Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of slacking on child support payments Angelina Jolie with daughter Zahara and Brad Pitt with son Maddox walk near the Gateway of India in 2007
Michele Schwartz | 08 August, 2018, 19:15

Angelina Jolie has reportedly accused her estranged husband, Brad Pitt, of shirking child support payments. It says he has failed to live up to their informal financial arrangements, and she'll seek a court order to get retroactive payments from him. "But she filed [the papers on Tuesday] in LA Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad - which he isn't".

The judge also ordered that Jolie arrange a phone call "with her kids and their doctors" to confirm to them directly that they are safe with Pitt.

But a source claims to ET that Jolie's latest move is in retaliation over the actress being ordered by a judge in June to help fix her children's relationship with Pitt.

Mindy Nyby, a spokeswoman for the actress, said on Tuesday that the court filing was intended "to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children".

The judge warned Jolie directly, "If the minor children remain closed down to their father and depending on the circumstances surrounding this condition, it may result in a reduction of the time they spend with [Jolie] and may result in the Court ordering primary physical custody to [Pitt]". Jolie's net worth is slightly smaller, estimated at $160 million. Even worse, the actress is reportedly claiming that the heartthrob is not paying "meaningful child support".

Jolie, 43, filed for divorce from Pitt, 54, in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

"They are so hung up on dealing with the custody issues" that the rest of the proceedings have not yet advanced, according to E!

Angelina Jolie arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, February 18, 2018.

A source familiar with the situation told InStyle, "Brad fulfills his commitments".

A representative for Pitt did not immediately return a request for comment.

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