American actress, Angelina Jolie has been ordered to give estranged husband Brad Pitt more access to their kids amid the duo’s ongoing divorce negotiations.
The Hollywood couple, who called it quits in 2016, have six children – Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine – with the court believing it is vital that they have a strong relationship with both parents.
Jolie, 43, who has primary physical custody of their six children, has been told by a judge that she must let Pitt, 54, see the kids regularly while she films Maleficent 2 in the UK this summer.
Pitt, 54, was also granted unrestricted phone access to the children saying that he must have the numbers of each child so he can contact them without monitoring.
According to court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County determined that ‘not having a relationship with their father’ would be ‘harmful’ to the children.
At the end of July Pitt will be able to see them in Los Angeles for a week from July 21 to 29. A psychologist must also be present while the actor visits the kids in London and he must arrange for them to see their doctors and therapists when they are in LA with him. He is responsible for returning them back to Jolie in London on July 29, in addition to paying for their transportation. He will have custody again from August 11 until the estranged couple’s next court hearing on August 13. Jolie can only call once a day when the kids are with the actor.
The order also warns Jolie that she risks losing her primary custody if she fails to comply with their terms.
“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”