Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie close to settling custody battle and will avoid bitter trial


Brad and Ange could avoid a bitter custody trial (Picture: Backgrid/ Splash)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will reportedly come to a child custody agreement imminently.

The former Hollywood couple, who split in 2016, are said to be close to settling the terms of custody for their six children in hopes that they can avoid going through a bitter trial.

This would be great news for Brad and Anges six children, Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, who have been at the centre of a nasty dispute between the estranged married couple.

According to The Blast, Brad, 54, and Ange, 42, will aim to finish their negotiations before their upcoming private custody trial, which is scheduled to begin on 4 December.

Accompanied by their six children, US movie star Brad Pitt and Angellina Jolie appear before photographers upon their arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on November 8, 2011. Brad Pitt is here for the Japan premiere of his last film 'Moneyball'. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
The former couple share six children (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Bizarrely enough, the private judge assigned to their custody case is reportedly the same one who officiated their wedding ceremony.

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Sources close to Angelina say the pair have found common ground and realise that the custody agreement and divorce needs to be finalised so their family can move on.

It was initially planned that findings from evaluations with the six children would be used to determine a custody agreement for the divided family. However, this would no longer need to happen if the estranged couple are able to come to their own settlement.

According to the publication, finalising the child custody agreement would mean that Ange and Brad can now focus on the financial aspect of their divorce settlement. Angelina is said to have handed over her financial information to Brads legal team recently.

Brad and Ange may now be able to focus on finalising their divorce (Picture: Getty Images)

Brad and Ange shocked Hollywood with their split announcement in September 2016, with Angelina later filing for divorce two years after they married and 10 years of being together.

Tensions between the pair have heightened in the past year as they bumped heads over their children.

In June, a judge ordered Angelina to encourage their large brood to spend time with their father.

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A source recently told Entertainment Tonight of the tense situation: Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids.

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She started to see a change in the kids behavior because they missed their dad. The kids reaction to the divorce actually helped Angie try a different tact.

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