Brad Pitt sure is getting a lot of child visitation time for a guy who allegedly barely even pays child support.
But will it last? A report says that a court date for him and Angelina Jolie is looming — and it’s just days away.
These questions of custody, child support, and visitation could be resolved sooner than either estranged ex could imagine.
Until the next court date, which is scheduled for August 21, Angelina is being forced to send her six children to spend time with Pitt.
The court has ordered her, The Blast reports, to hand them over for "four hours every other day on school days and twelve hours every other day on non-school days."
The order that they spend twelve hours with him every other day on non-school days is staggering.
Additionally, as we previously reported, she was ordered to surrender her children’s cell phone numbers to Pitt.
She was also instructed that she is not to monitor their communications with him.
As we mentioned, Angelina has accused Pitt of being a deadbeat dad.
In court documents, she alleges that he has made minimal contributions towards their children during the two years since their split.
This, she says, has forced her to shoulder the bulk of the costs of caring for all six of them.
It is not that she cannot afford to care for her children, but that it is the responsibility of both parents to support their children.
Pitt did not care for being called a deabeat — if not in so many words — at all.
Brad Pitt accused Angelina of "media manipulation," though her complaint was filed in court documents.
He then went on to claim that, actually, he’s paid more than $9 million in child support.
That sounds like plenty to contribute to six children. More than plenty, really.
But Angelina’s team replied that he was deliberately distorting facts to make it appear that he was providing for his children more than he really was.
He had apparently given Angelina an $8 million loan after he insisted upon keeping the family home and the belongings within it.
Obviously, a loan is not the same thing as child support.
The loan was given to help Angelina secure a new home, and he is reportedly charging her interest on the amount.
It is possible that Pitt’s attorney will argue that since the loan is for a home that the children also occupy, he was helping them with it. That would make his case pretty weak, however.
It is difficult to imagine how that argument would work in court unless Pitt forgives the loan, and even then.
Hopefully, an official amount for future child support payments can be determined soon — perhaps in a matter of days, if the August 21 hearing goes well.
Many suspect that the court will make a new ruling on child custody and visitation — though that could, at least potentially, go in favor of either Angelina or Pitt.
Perhaps the court can also clear up who has paid what to whom during the past few years.
Hopefully, the court can do so in a way that does not allow one side or the other to misrepresent the truth using numbers and payments.
What everyone should want is whatever arrangement — in terms of finances and custody and, well, everything else — is in the best interests of the children.