In most divorce cases in Spokane, Washington, there will be many different issues to address. Most cases involve disputes over the division of assets and debt. Others will involve disputes over alimony. Some will have special circumstances to consider, such as domestic violence issues. But, what if a couple has a prenuptial agreement? Our readers may not know, but such agreements can address many of those issues before they ever occur. One thing these agreements cannot address, however, is child custody.
By now most of our readers have probably heard about the ongoing divorce issues between Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It is probably no surprise to most people that these two individuals signed a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married a few years back. Both were highly successful, and probably wealthy, actors prior to beginning their relationship. But, like with all prenuptial agreements, child custody is not a valid issue to address in such a document. Now, child custody is the primary point of contention in their divorce.
The couple has six children, including both adopted and biological children. Jolie was the one who filed for divorce, and in her petition she sought to have the court order sole physical custody of the children with her. Pitt has responded, however, requesting the court to order joint custody. They currently have a temporary child custody order in place in which Pitt is allowed to visit his children with supervision present.
Joint custody and sole custody are terms that anyone who is filing for a divorce in Washington should be familiar with, if children are involved. Most courts throughout the country begin with the presumption that joint custody will be better for the children. But, if there are some troubling circumstances, such as domestic violence, abuse or drug use, the court may order sole custody for the sake of the children.
Source: foxnews.com, "Brad Pitt seeks joint custody in divorce from Angelina Jolie," Nov. 4, 2016