Brad Pitt Cleared of alleged Abuse, Files for Joint Custody
According to news reports,The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has cleared actor Brad Pitt of child abuse allegations. The accusations against Pitt came up during the actor’s divorce from Angelina Jolie, with whom he has biological and adopted children. Pitt was accused by Jolie of becoming intoxicated on a private jet and being verbally abusive and getting physical with his son. However, child services recently cleared him of the allegations. Pitt then filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday seeking joint and physical custody of the children. Abuse when proven is a bar to to joint custody in Texas.
I had a case this year, where in a post divorce child custody case, the Father filed a bogus CPS report on the Mother. Since there was a hearing coming up, the Mother fully cooperated with the CPS and at the hearing, the CPS testified that the report was unfounded. And in the final trial a few months later, the Judge remembered the false allegations when all of the Father’s requested relief was denied.
Take away: Don’t file abuse reports unless you have a reasonable suspicion or fear. Vet your concern with someone who is not emotionally attached to the situation–like your lawyer.