Couples with children filing for divorce in Texas sometimes prefer to settle custody issues with mediation in an attempt to reach mutually agreeable terms. This is also true with some celebrities in the process of ending a marriage. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie initially wanted to maintain their privacy by attempting to work out custody issues with mediation. However, things have since turned contentious between these former spouses. For instance, the Department of Children and Family Services failed to find evidence of allegations of physical and verbal abuse toward an older son.

Before proceeding with a confidential divorce, the separated celebrity couple had a child custody arrangement that gave Jolie full custody and Pitt supervised visits. Since officially getting divorced, the actress has been warned that she could lose custody for failing to allow the six children involved to have a “healthy and strong relationship” with her former husband. The judge created a visitation plan that increased Pitt’s physical, phone and text contact with the children.

Jolie’s attorney has subsequently filed papers in court alleging that Pitt failed to meet his financial obligations. Pitt’s legal representative retorted with claims that his client had paid various bills and lent his ex-wife money for a home. Jolie’s lawyer contends that her client is paying interest on the money, which makes it a loan and not child support payments. There have since been reports that Jolie is seeking full custody and wishes to move the children to London. However, Pitt reportedly feels that it’s unreasonable to have to travel that far to spend time with the children.

Real-life situations like this show how child custody issues can involve some unexpected twists and turns. In order to avoid similar circumstances, a lawyer may make an attempt to negotiate fair custody terms between the parents. With support payment matters, a family law attorney might first make an effort to secure back payments. If such attempts are unsuccessful, court intervention may be necessary.