Brad Pitt is hoping that the courts act as an intermediary when it comes to his ongoing custody battle with ex Angelina Jolie. A hearing is slated to take place on Monday, with Pitt's request for equal joint custody being one of the points to be discussed.
A source familiar with the situation told ET that Pitt is urging the courts to put 50/50 custody in place and ensure it stays in place. Jolie doesn't wish to be unfair when it comes to custody and is very organized when it comes to the children.
The Ocean's Thirteen star hopes that they can help him bring this to fruition, citing the importance of co-parenting. Pitt and Jolie had initially reached a custody agreement back in Nov. 2018, but their agreement faltered when they failed to reach an accord in terms of the private judge they would invite to adjudicate in their divorce case.
For the most part, Pitt has been respectful of his ex's parenting, and while he doesn't agree with everything, he knows that she loves the kids and wants the best for them. Aside from that, he realizes that the kids also need his love and presence.
The source revealed that Pitt has left no stone unturned in a bid to avoid a court situation, but feels he has been left with no other option if he wants to spend more time with his children. The source went on to say that the actor does not want the kids to feel stuck in the middle of this situation or worry about their parents' current issues.
Dealing with this situation is particularly harder for their kids because of their age, but the source claims Pitt is doing what he can. Pitt has tried to avoid the court scenario for quite some time now, and the last thing he would want is for this to have a negative impact on everyone, the source suggests.
"This is about getting his time with the children," the source adds. Another source told the outlet that Angelina wants this case to get over as soon as possible. Contrary to what some reports suggest, Jolie does not dominate the scheduling arrangements when it comes to her ex's custody and visitation time.
Neither Pitt nor Jolie has had control of the children's schedule for the last four years, per ET. The scheduling has been decided by the courts throughout Jolie and Pitt's custody battle.