Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Brad Pitt's pals come to his defense: He's no deadbeat dad

Brad Pitt's pals come to his defense: He's no deadbeat dad

In June, 2018, a judge ordered Jolie to let her six children see Pitt, or risk losing her children altogether.

Jason LaVeris via Getty Images Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt pictured in 2015 during their last public appearance as a couple.

Brad Pitt's friends have rallied around the actor following claims he has not been paying "meaningful child support" to his estranged wife, Angelina Jolie. The court filing is the latest development in Jolie and Pitt's hard-fought custody battle over their six children - 16-year-old Maddox, 14-year-old Pax, 13-year-old Zahara, 12-year-old Shiloh and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - that's been ongoing since their split in November 2016 after two years of marriage.

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"Meanwhile, the actress' lawyer, Samantha Bley DeJean, filed a two page brief in Los Angeles Superior Court (obtained by TMZ), stating: "[Pitt] has a duty to pay child support. As part of the agreement, Jolie was required to provide Pitt with each of the children's cell phone numbers so that he could call them directly.

"Angelina is not in need of money and could easily put a payment plan together for child support with Brad without this aggressive approach, but this is the way she chooses to handle things", the source continues.

But a source with knowledge of the case has claimed the court filing by the 43-year-old "Maleficent" actress was done in order to get their marriage "dissolved" quickly. It's not been made clear what agreement they previously reached, if any, regarding child support. "As of present, [Pitt] has paid no meaningful child support since separation".

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The divorce became contentious nearly immediately after it was announced in September 2016, when Pitt was first accused of roughly handling one of the children on a private jet.

Pitt and Jolie have three sons and three daughters, ages 17 and under.

Jolie's lawyers are requesting to appear before a judge, so they can schedule a status conference to address all of the financial issues in the separation.

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